sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! with trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! [psalm 98:5-6]
what a call to the ends of the earth. for every man and woman to take an instrument of song and turn it into one chorus of praise to Almighty Yahweh, who is King over all! this is the praise he deserves, and in the book of revelation, we see that this is the praise he will receive.
then i looked, and i heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” and i heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “to him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” [revelation 5:13]
this psalm that calls for sounds and songs of praise not just from the nation of israel, but from all those spread across the face of the earth, calls for a response to the salvation of the Lord. and for us this is very good news! salvation is not for the jews alone, but for all the ends of the earth, to all who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ! and so we are invited into the throng, to cry out from the bottom of our souls, “worthy is the Lamb!” and join the myriads in the great song of praise.
there is joy in the salvation of our Lord. and because he has put his Spirit in us, the fruit of joy should be pouring from our hearts back to his ears. when was the last time you expressed your joy to the Lord for his salvation? not for the ears of others, not to check the church box, but alone, in your closet, just you and your Savior?
whatever is your joyful noise, bring it to your heavenly Father today. let him fill you with the joy of his salvation, the joy of his presence, and lift up a song of praise, a sweet sound to the ears of your joyful King!
~ arwen eastman