Make A Joyful Noise, Shout Joyfully To The Lord

Make a joyful noise” is a call for everyone to shout joyfully to the Lord. Declare his honor with songs, music, and shouts of praise. Say to God: “How wonderful are the things you do!

Updated: Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Make A Joyful Noise, Shout Joyfully To The Lord

Praise God with shouts of joy, all people!

STM Bible Snack

Psalm 66:1-4 [read Psalms 66:1-20 (1-4)]
Praise God with shouts of joy, all people! 2 Sing to the glory of his name; offer him glorious praise! 3 Say to God, “How wonderful are the things you do! Your power is so great that your enemies bow down in fear before you. 4 Everyone on earth worships you; they sing praises to you, they sing praises to your name.” (GNT)
KJV: Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. 3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. 4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.

Why shout joyfully to the Lord?

Psalm 66:16-19 [read Psalms 66:1-20 (16-19)]
All who worship God, come here and listen; I will tell you everything God has done for me. 17 I prayed to the Lord, and I praised him. 18 If my thoughts had been sinful, he would have refused to hear me. 19 But God did listen and answered my prayer. (CEV)
KJV: Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. 17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: 19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
The psalmist began this Psalm as a call to honor God for Israel’s deliverance from exile (see Psalms 66:6). But, in the end, he made it personal. Take this time to reflect on what the Lord has done for you.

The Lord is a great God

Psalms 95:1-3 [read Psalms 95:1-5 (1-3)]
Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. 3 For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. (NLT)
KJV: O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. 3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Will the rocks have to praise the Lord for you?

Luke 19:37-40 [Read Luke 19:28-40 (37-40)]
Jesus was coming close to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of the Mount of Olives.
The whole crowd of followers was very happy.
They began shouting praise to God for all the powerful works they had seen. They said,
38 “God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! There is peace in heaven and glory to God!” [Psalm 118:26]
39 Some of the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your followers not to say these things!” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if my followers don’t say these things, then the stones will cry out.” (ICB)
KJV: Let us make a joyful noise – The word used here means commonly to make a loud noise, to shout, Job 30:5. It is especially used (a) of warlike shouts, Joshua 6:16; 1 Samuel 17:20; (b) of the shout of triumph, Judges 15:14; (c) of the sound or clangor of a trumpet, Numbers 10:9; Joel 2:1. It may thus be used to denote any shout of joy or praise. In public worship it would denote praise of the most animated kind. – Barnes
Interesting facts:
joyful noisejn and “dance, danced, dances, or dancingd as forms of praise to God occur seven times (each) in the OT and not at all in the NT.
jn Psalms 66:1, 81:1, 95:1-2, 98:4 and 6, and 100:1.
d Exodus 15:20 (Miriam, Aaron’s sister, the prophetess); 2 Samuel 6:14, 16; 1 Chronicles 15:29; Psalms 30:11 (David); Psalms 149:3, 150:4.

Sacrifices Pleasing to God

Hebrews 13:15 [read Hebrews 13:7-17 (15)]
So through Jesus let us always [continuously] offer to God our sacrifice of praise, coming from [which is the fruit of] lips that speak [profess; acknowledge] his name. (EXB)
KJV: By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name [see Leviticus 7:12, Isaiah 57:19, and Hosea 14:2].
Life Application Bible Commentary – The phrase “fruit of lips” refers to real and heartfelt love and confession of faith. A “sacrifice of praise” today would include thanking Christ for his sacrifice on the cross and telling others about it.

Are we too civil to make a joyful noise to the Lord? Is God not worthy of a joyful shout? Lift your voice and shout joyfully to the Lord for all that he has done for you! I pray that you have enjoyed and will make the most of this Bible snack. Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim. ☺

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