Week of May 9, 2021
Scripture: Psalm 98
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
(Psalm 98:4, NRSV)
There exists, every morning, pretty much everywhere, the perfect fulfillment of this verse. Made by God, wonderful in their beauty and abilities, and quite dear to me personally: birds.
They are all over the earth. They make such a joyful noise. And they sure do break forth into joyous song. It is absolutely magical to get up early and be in the silence and then have some teeny brave soul suddenly sing out:
Oh, it's morning, isn't it amazing? Another day is here, the sun is coming up; we are here to see it. Can you believe how lucky we are? It's morning! Let's SING!!!
Friends, worship is taking place everywhere. We are so very blessed to get to praise God with song. Live, via Zoom, in church, in your backyard – make your joyful noise to the Lord! You won't be singing alone.
God, we thank you for your gift of birds. May we notice them, and may their music and loveliness remind us to sing your praises. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church