MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO THE LORD

WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL

JULY 05, 2024

TOPIC: MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO THE LORD

BY T. O. BANSO

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” (Psalm 98:4 English Standard Version).

Psalm 100:1 says to make a joyful shout to the LORD. It doesn’t say to shout at the LORD but to Shout with joy to the Lord” (Psalm 100:1 New Living Translation). Psalm 81:1 says, Sing aloud to God our strength;
make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob
” (New King James Version). Note the phrase “make a joyful shout.” Also, Psalm 98:4 says,Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises” (New King James Version). Furthermore, the psalmist says in Psalm 66:1,Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!” (New King James Version).

Some Bible translations use a phrase close to this: make a joyful noise. Psalm 95:1-2 says, Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (English Standard Version). Making a joyful shout and making a joyful noise mean the same thing. The English Standard Version renders Psalm 98:4 thus:Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!The New Living Translation says, “Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!

It is clear from these scriptures that the psalmists call for a joyful shout or noise, not a shout of mourning, lamentation, or panic. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” (Psalm 100:1-2 English Standard Version). It is a purposeful and meaningful noise.

In Joshua 6, the Israelites made such a purposeful noise that God commanded, and the wall of Jericho fell. So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city” (Joshua 6:20 New King James Version). The Bible does not tell us what they said when they shouted, but God used their great shout to bring down the wall of Jericho.

Shouting to the Lord includes the loud, exuberant, lively, and boisterous declaration of His name, power, majesty, and marvelous works. It also includes shouting Hosanna, Hallelujah, or a similar shout of praise, or singing praises to Him.

God loves joyful noise. Psalm 47:5 says,God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet” (New King James Version). The New Living Translation says,God has ascended with a mighty shout. The Lord has ascended with trumpets blaring.” Did you hear that? – Mighty shout! The New International Version says, “God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.The shouts to the Lord are shouts of joy.

Heaven is a noisy place with the heavenly beings raising their voices in loud worship of God! Revelation 5:11-12 says, Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’” (New King James Version). Note the phrase “a loud voice.” A loud voice is not a whisper.

Talking about the rapture, the Apostle Paul said, For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16 New King James Version). Again, note the phrase “with a shout.” A shout will accompany the coming of the Lord from heaven.

You must begin to get used to joyful noise because you will hear plenty of it in heaven! Psalm 33:3 says,Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy” (New King James Version). Make a shout of joy to the Lord. Learn to shout to the Lord. Make a joyful noise to Him. A shout to the Lord can deliver you from whatever power is holding you in bondage or captivity.

Why should you make a joyful noise to the Lord?

1. Because the Bible commands it. I referred previously to scriptures on this. Shout to praise the Lord with voices and instruments (Psalms 81:1-4; 98:4-6).

2. Because of who He is. He is God and your Maker. Psalm 100:1-3 says, Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (New King James Version).

Shout to honour God for He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). Zechariah 9:9 says,Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (New International Version). Shout to honour the Lord as your King. Worship Him.

3. Because of the miracles He has done. Talking about Jesus, Luke 19:37-38 says,When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” (New International Version). Note the praise “began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen. Shout to praise God joyfully for the miracles you have enjoyed. It shows you are a grateful person, not an ingrate.

4. In acknowledgment and appreciation of His presence and greatness. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you” (Isaiah 12:6 New International Version). The New Living Translation says,Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you.” God deserves a shout of praise for being and living among His people. Jesus says where two or three are gathered together in His name, He is there in their midst (Matthew 18:20). Shout to Him to appreciate His presence and greatness.

Zephaniah 3:14-15 says, Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm” (New International Version). The Lord is with you. Shout joyfully to Him. Zephaniah 3 continues in verse 17: The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (New International Version). The Lord your God is with you. Therefore, make a joyful noise to Him.

5. Because creation shouts to praise the Lord. Although human beings may be unaware of creation shouting to praise the Lord, some Bible verses point to this. Other things God created praise Him. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4a New King James Version).

Isaiah 55:12b talks about the mountains and the hills breaking forth into singing and all the trees of the field clapping their hands. Isaiah 44:23 says, Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel” (New International Version). Don’t let the shouts of mountains, forests, etc. replace yours. If you keep silent, the stones will cry out in your place (Luke 19:40).

Don’t let another person or other things God created take your place. The psalmist says in Psalm 148:3-5, Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded and they were created” (New King James Version).

6. To invoke the power of God to break down barriers and defeat the enemy. The Israelites shouted and the wall of Jericho – their barrier – fell (Joshua 6:20). Hebrews 11:30 says, By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days” (New King James Version). Shout to the Lord by faith! Making a joyful noise to the Lord can release His power for deliverance, victory, or miracles.

7. To thank God and celebrate the victory or success He has given. David and the Israelites brought the Ark of God to Jerusalem with shouts after the initial failed attempt. 1 Chronicles 15:28 says, Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps” (New King James Version). Make a joyful noise to thank god and celebrate the victory or success He has given you. “Out of them shall come songs of thanksgiving, and the voices of those who celebrate. I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will make them honored, and they shall not be small” (Jeremiah 30:19 English Standard Version).

Isaiah 48:20 says, Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, ‘The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob’” (New International Version). 

Conclusion: Make a joyful noise to the Lord. Shout joyfully to Him. Shout aloud and sing for joy. Come before His presence with singing. Sing praises to Him. There are shouts of joy and victory in the tents of the righteous: ‘The LORD’s right hand performs valiantly!’” (Psalm 118:15 Christian Standard Bible). Joyful shouts to the Lord shall not stop in your life.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. Take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You must join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Joyful shouts to the Lord shall not stop in my life. I will break forth in song, rejoice, and praise Him. Glory to God for all His miracles.

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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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