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Make Some Noise

With trumpets and the sound of the horn, shout joyfully before the King, the LORD. (Psalm 98:6)

A lifelong dream came true for me in 2010. I was raised in Louisiana and spent a great deal of my ministry in New Orleans. My favorite football team, the New Orleans Saints, won the Super Bowl for the first time in history. You may not be a sports fan or a Saints fan, but the Super Bowl was particularly big for New Orleans. They had been trying to win a Super Bowl since 1966. For all those years they were known as one of biggest sports losers in history. Fans even wore bags over their heads to games because they were so embarrassed about how bad the Saints were. I saw it firsthand.

When they won the 2010 Super Bowl, I shouted. In fact, I shouted so loud that I think the whole neighborhood heard me and I didn’t care. I was traveling the day after the Saints big win and I saw some other New Orleans Saints fans in the airport. We all started shouting again. The Saints deserved my shout and I gladly gave one up for them. I had fun! I was unashamed and uninhibited when it came to giving a victory cheer for my Saints!

We use our voices to communicate both the positive and negative. Our voices express our deepest passions and our most important concerns. My dog, Cooper Jack Jones, once broke into our storeroom and pulled the kitty’s bed out into the yard (among other things). I gave Cooper Jack a lot of my passion that day. I confess I shouted my feelings about the situation. My dog heard my voice and he immediately got the message. With great remorse, he seemed to repent of his evil deeds toward our kitty and me. His deepest desire was to be my friend again. My point here is that my shout showed my passion about the situation and it got a positive response.

We live noisy lives. Most of us are relieved that making noise is not a requirement in order to know and worship God. A familiar Psalm even gives us permission to be quiet as a part of our active worship: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10 ESV). At times, God chooses to speak and move in quietness. He is God; He can speak any time and any way He chooses. But to engage God fully in worship, making a joyful noise with our voices is a vital next step.

Worship is loving God. I don’t want to make worship more complicated than necessary. Yet a refusal to engage God on a more passionate level with our voices could be a heart-issue disguised as a preference. You may say that’s just not me as your reason for passion-less, voiceless worship. Make sure your lack of passion is not a stubborn, prideful heart-issue.

Will You Worship?

Psalm 100 describes a passionate expression of worship demonstrated through our voices: make a joyful noise to the Lord. Noise is used in the original Hebrew language to describe using one’s voice as an alarm or a war cry. Our voices are described as instruments of worship we use for God just like a guitar, piano, or violin. You never raise your voice unless you are passionate about something. This verse gives permission and a command (whichever you need) to be passionate about God, and let Him know it with your voice.

 

Notice Psalm 100:1 does not say shout about the Lord but shout to Him. We use the term vertical worship to describe an important principle that will help you grow as a worshiper. In the past, our worship gatherings have mainly focused on singing about the Lord. Some precious and meaningful songs have been written that way. However, the next level is singing and shouting to the Lord, or vertical worship.

 

Vertical worship is our faces looking upward to Him and our songs being presented to Him. He is the audience when we worship and we make our presentations to Him. In the first week of WYW, I told the story about my revolutionary discovery: worship is our ministry to the Lord. We see this principle of scripture repeated again in Psalm 100:1 – as we do throughout the Psalms. The next level in our worship is engaging God directly when we worship. Praise is His and He loves to hear it. Such shouting comes from a heart full of joy.

Why does God seldom move us as deeply as a football team or a mischievous dog? God deserves our loudest cheer and our deepest passion. A victorious war cry given to God is in order! Not only is God winning but God wins! Give your best noise to God with joy and abandonment. Go beyond the token or obligatory offering of praise and singing. Be bold in your expression so that God will know of your passion for Him. One thing I can promise you, God will never grow weary or impatient with you for being too excited about Him.

 

Excerpts from the book “Will You Worship”  by Ray Jones with Dino Senesi

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