To make a joyful noise…February 28, 2013 - Author: Bernadette Saddik - 1 Comment
The other day, I saw a little curious dog. He skipped about every third step. I wondered why as I laughed.
Ours is not to demand that God tell us why. But sometimes, in His mercy, He gives us a clue.
And sometimes clue that is like a boulder falling from the sky…hard to miss.
That adorable dog has a purpose. We all do. 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), or when we suffer such that we can only focus on keeping our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).
But the next time you debate: why bother smiling, why bother seeking joy in this broken world, remember, that is one of our callings (Ecclesiastes 8:15). We are messengers to spread good news, and “light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart” (Proverbs 15:30 NIV). Imagine if the world experienced a crowd of smilers. What a powerful impact!
We are ingrained to enjoy life!
Christ is risen! Hope is alive! When you can, proclaim that with all the happiness that one can feel. When you can, proclaim that in your thoughts, in your words, in your actions. When you can, speak joyfully and 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