Reason to Make a Joyful Noise
"O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!" (Psalm 95:1)
This is another enthronement psalm. God is the great king who is enthroned on high and cares for all creation, including each one of us. This reign of God described in Psalm 95 has eschatological elements. Eschatology is concerned with the last days or the final judgment of our world. So, Psalm 95 describes the reign of God, including a statement of what happens in the last days, or final judgment of God.
When one hears "last days," or "final judgment," we recoil in fear and trembling. That fear is the reason the psalmist begins verse one with singing to "the rock of our salvation." God expects us to be accountable for our actions, but ultimately, we are able to sing because this "rock of our salvation" loves us and provides divine grace. Even in our imperfection, we know that God forgives, and loves us.
Today, reflect on a situation or a sin that has kept you emotionally crippled. Perhaps you have not allowed God forgive you, because you have not forgiven yourself. God's expectation of accountability is not motivated by the desire to hold you down, or kick you out of the kingdom of God. Accountability is motivated by a desire for each of us to recognize our need for forgiveness and renewal which makes us so happy we cannot help but "make a joyful noise." Offer God your struggle, and let God forgive you. Then sing your favorite upbeat song, and feel the joy re-enter every part of your being. Rejoice!