Make A Joyful Noise

I was at a praise and worship conference. It was incredible to listen to that crowd of musicians praise and worship God.

On the second day of the conference praise and worship session, I was so excited. Chris Tomlin would be leading worship. He was one of my favorites. I stood next to one of our band members. He came to the stage, and we knew the first song. I opened my mouth to sing only to scowl as my fellow bandmate opened his mouth to sing. He sang loud and about an eighth of a tone off pitch. That is worse then someone way off key. My ear hurt. I was so distracted, I couldn’t sing worship or praise God, or so I thought.

God has a way of tapping you on the shoulder when you are not focused on the right thing. I turned and saw his hands lifted to heaven, his eyes closed, and worship pouring out of him for his Savior. Completely humbled God allowed me to hear his voice as He heard it. It still wasn’t on key, but it was beautiful.

God was listening to the worship, not the voice.

Psalms 66:1 says, “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands.”

Musicians sing and worry about the correctness of the notes, and singing on key. God “worries” about the worship. Don’t misunderstand, God has made people that sing on pitch, and musicians that play amazingly, and they are there to help the church by leading in worship. While people might be looking at them, God is looking at all the hearts on stage and off.

I joined my fellow band member in his worship, and sang as loudly as him. I’m sure my pitch was affected, but I didn’t care. I was giving God my heart.

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