To make a joyful noise…February 28, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik
The other day, I saw a little curious dog. He skipped about every third step. I wondered why as I laughed.
I wondered why.
Ours is not to demand that God tell us why. But sometimes, in His mercy, He gives us a clue.
A clue that is like a boulder falling from the sky…hard to miss.
That adorable dog has a purpose. We all do. Actually, our purpose is most sacred among creatures, for we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1: 26-27). But, in that moment, one of his reasons for existence in that place at that time was to make me, and other bystanders, laugh.
God is a God of humor, of joy. Why else would the platypus look so hilariously strange to our eyes? Why does, as one acquaintance cannot help but point out, the pangolin look so giggly cute? Why does a laugh from the depth of our beings lift our spirits?
Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Laughter is the noise of joy. And we are to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Psalm 100:1 KJV).
So, one question we might ask God in our prayers is: what can I do to make a joyful noise. Yes, there are times in our lives when we must mourn (Ecclesiastes 3:4), when we suffer such that we can only focus on keeping our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). In those times, let the Spirit guide you.
The next time you debate: why bother smiling, why bother seeking joy in this broken world, remember, that is our calling (Ecclesiastes 8:15). We are messengers under Christ to spread the good news, and “light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart” (Proverbs 15:30 NIV). Imagine if the world saw a crowd of God’s followers smiling, rejoicing in His gifts. What a powerful ministry.
We are engrained to enjoy life. Don’t you enjoy receiving something? How many enjoy even more the act of giving? We can give others a taste of God’s bliss.
Christ is risen! Proclaim that with all the happiness that one can feel. Proclaim that in your thoughts, in your words, in your actions. Think positively, speak joyfully, laugh heartily. There is a wealth of gems of His marvelous glory. These shine brilliantly not by our own power, but by His.
Who knows? Your day might lift a little too.
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” -Psalm 126:1-3 NIV