Today's Lectionary Text
A Psalm of thanksgiving.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Know that the Lord is God.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
For the Lord is good;
Psalm 100 is one of my favorite psalms. Almost every verse has resonated with me at various times of my life, reminding me that God is God and so I can trust the ever-present love and faithfulness of God.
The opening verses are a reminder to me that we are called on to be loud for God. We’re directed to make a “joyful noise” and “come into his presence with singing.” A joyful noise – noise means it is heard by someone, since a noise is a sound that is loud or causes a disturbance. Make a joyful racket, a joyful uproar, a joyful clamor. Wow! That’s not being quiet, is it?
Think about the toddler throwing a tantrum in a public place such as a grocery store, the park, or (heaven forbid) church! That happened to me several times while our sons were growing up. I was sure EVERYONE heard my son and wondered what the noise was about. Tantrums catch everyone’s attention.
I have to ask myself, “have I ever made enough noise about God so that others have wondered what the noise was about and come to investigate?” Certainly not outside of a worship experience, concert or youth gathering. But that might be okay, otherwise I might be categorized as one of those crazy religious people who is dismissed quickly and easily. The deeper question and challenge is whether I have spoken about God to anyone else at all. Maybe I do need to make some noise (but quietly).
-Rev. Nancy Lambert
Assistant to Bishop and Director of Clergy Excellence
Prayer for Reflection
Find a place by yourself, where you won’t be heard – your car, your home or church when no one is around and make some noise for God! Shout out…..
God, I love you and thank you for loving me even when I forget to take time to let you know. Amen.
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