Make a Joyful Noise! (Psalm 98:4)
By Kristy Solis
As parents, we often share stories of dismay of our children such as my child will not sleep, my child is a picky eater, or my child does not listen, etc. The list could be an extensive one.
Today, my 3-year-old daughter would not cooperate and take a nap. Instead, she was out of bed, talking excessively and playing with her toys.
This little girl of mine was determined not to take a nap and continued to be loud and noisy. I was frustrated that she would not take a nap. I knew that I needed a new strategy.
As I contemplated my next maneuver to get this child to calm down to take a nap, a thought crossed my mind through the chaos and the noise: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
It was a psalm that always touched my heart. For when I was a little girl, I had an aunt, who is no longer physically present, who would say, “Make a Joyful Noise” to me all the time. My aunt wholeheartedly loved children; she believed children should be heard, since this represented God’s grace.
As my daughter continued to sing, I started to laugh out loud at this thought. My daughter stopped and looked at me and she said, “Does this mean I do not have to take a nap?” I asked her “What would you like to do?” She answered, “sing and dance.”
Well then, sing and dance it is! To me, as a mother, joy is the best noise ever.
When was the last time your child made a joyful noise?
Let us pray, Lord, I praise you today for every blessing, every surprise, and every joy.