4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
What kind of noise do we make when we make noise? Are we yelling angrily? celebrating wildly? Crying out loud? Cheering joyfully? At various times in our lives, we do all of these things. Psalm 98 calls on us to praise our God with joyful noises, to use our voices, and our instruments to give praise to the one that gives us our vary breath.
Too often we are too busy to focus on the sounds of the world around us, to take in the melodies and the rhythms that are all around us all the time. The music we sing and listen to during worship is meant to help us stop and focus on the glory and the wonder of sound in our lives, and to help us join together in the rhythms of our lives.
As we look forward to worship together this Sunday, and as we take in the sounds around us this day, may we join our voices with creation in making the words we speak and the noises that we make truly joyful, lifting up songs of praise to the God that gives us breath.