July 2

Psalm 66:1-5

“Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise.” vs. 1-2

The psalmist was calling together a praise choir, one that could make a joyful noise to God and properly glorify God’s name. And he wasn’t just calling on human voices! He believed that all the noise of the earth could be construed as a praise song to God. When we can begin to think in such expansive ways our whole perception of the world around us changes. Every day our ears overhear countless sounds of varying origins and intensities…it’s like a constant symphony with a myriad of instruments…and together all those vibrations produce a continual hymn of praise to the Creator. We really do live in a spectacular universe…and the more we awaken our ears to listen, the more appreciative we become. The contented purring of a cat, the rush of water in a fountain, the sound of a storm in the distance, the whir of a fan in a quiet room…all those voices join ours in singing to the Lord a new song. Of course most of the time we get so absorbed in our daily tasks that our ears are dulled and we miss the music. But what joy is ours in those moments, when like the psalmist we actually add our own voices to the mix. We don’t need to worry about being in tune…even our off notes are a part of the harmony of praise. And God especially loves joyful noises!

Thought for the Day: What’s my favorite sound in nature?

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