Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all ye earth…
As a person who cannot carry a tune in a bucket, I embrace this verse as my motto. God, in His infinite wisdom and humor created me as a lover of music. I worship through music. Nothing makes my heart and soul soar to Heaven like a good hymn. Yet I am musically challenged. The best I can do is play the radio and frogs croak out tunes better than I do.
We all have our shortcomings and limitations. Yet, this does not stop creation itself from joyfully praising the Creator, and it shouldn’t stop us. It is easier to concentrate on our negatives than our positives. We are probably harsher on ourselves than any other person ( except perhaps our kids that act just like us and that gets on our nerves). Being that way gives the Devil a foothold. It opens the doors to excuses to not do what God is calling us to do. I don’t speak well enough to witness to others. I have a bad back so how can I help with the clothes drive? I am not smart enough to join a Bible study. I’m not a morning person, so how does God expect me to pray?
All of the rest of creation does what it is created to do. The sun rises and sets. The tides wane. Trees grow, lose their leaves and revive in the Spring. Nature carries on in a symphony, each thing contributing to the hymn to the One who created it.
Lord, help us to do the same with joy. Let our hearts clamor for your Grace and ask, “What will you have me do?” Instill in us the confidence that we can fulfill your purpose for us, and that we can serve you with joyful noises.