REV. KOEDKYER: The joyful noises of spring

Apr 29, 2012


The last few mornings, I have been awakened to the sound of a bird singing beautifully just outside our bedroom window. What a pleasant way to be aroused from a long night of slumber.

That experience reminded me of the familiar verse from Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!”

I have heard that verse quoted many times when I have had conversations with people about singing.

You know it goes: Someone says, “Oh, I can’t sing, but I can make a joyful noise!” And we all have a good chuckle.

But the truth of the matter is, there are many noises in our world — some pleasant, like birds singing sweetly outside our bedroom windows; and some not so pleasant, like screaming, yelling or sobbing.

We human beings can make all kinds of noises. Some of our noises even make us sound funny and make us laugh.

I read recently that a survey was taken to see what people thought was their favorite sound. Some of the top sounds were music, waves crashing on a beach, and you guessed it — birds singing in the trees. But the winning sound was that of a baby laughing. Not surprising, is it?

We are not the only ones who hear the noises and sounds of this world. Whether it is a song of joy on our lips or the lament of sadness or cry for help, our voices are heard by a God who listens to us, hears our prayers and cares deeply about us.

The psalm referred to earlier ends with these words: “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

— By the Rev. John Koedyker, pastor of Word of Hope Church in Fruitport


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