Wednesday Word 1.24.2018

Psalm 95:1-3 New International Version

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;

    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before him with thanksgiving

    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,

    the great King above all gods.

There is something about music that is elemental. The first rhythm you heard was the beat of your mother’s heart. Music has the power to impact us profoundly on a deep level that we may not be able to explain. No wonder the Scriptures are filled with the call to sing and make music to glorify the Lord, to praise and worship him, and to cry out to him.

I must admit, Richard Gere leaping and gamboling with wild abandon across Jerusalem in “King David” comes to mind whenever I think “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (the King James Version of the first verse in this passage). That movie was made in 1985, if you can believe it, and it still sticks with me. What a sight that must have been in real life, for the heroic king to be making a spectacle of himself as he passionately praised the Father who delivered him. I keep threatening to leap up some Sunday morning and do the same. Chances are the Spirit will move me to do so one of these days! Until that day, I will stay in my place and commune with the Spirit, letting the music sink into my heart.

As we bid Glenda and Cecil all the very best, we are reminded of the power of music to bring us together. That is why I came back to the church after such a long absence. My voice alone wasn’t strong enough or big enough to adequately express my response to all that God had done for me. In our little church on the corner, I have heard the sound of many voices praising and thanking in unison. Being part of that “joyful noise” brings me so much joy…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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