by Karen Wilkerson
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;a
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Reflection: I like the biblical translations of Psalm 100 that keep the word “noise”….make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Noise is a rather all inclusive word. A word that takes in all of creation, and every voice. The scripture doesn’t say make a perfectly beautiful, worthy, practiced, elegant, in tune, utterance. The word is noise. Worthy already from the first cry to the last, and all moments in between.
I would like to invite you to sing, speak some poetry, or book passages, or scripture out loud in the next few weeks. Run some sound through your body as you work through these days. The Italians are flinging their windows open and singing to each other across the alleys. We Minnesotans may not feel brave enough to go that far, but we could give it a try in our homes, in the car, or where ever you want, since you carry your instrument with you wherever you go. Give it a try… Make a joyful noise!
Bio: Karen Wilkerson is a Professional Noise Maker. Adult choir director at St. Michael’s Lutheran, Vocal music faculty at St. Olaf College. Lives in Northfield MN.