11 Jun “Making a Joyful Noise” by Kitty Holt
When God was determining which gifts, skills, and traits He would bestow upon me, He allowed me to have the ability to plan and organize, love research, have high levels of energy, have a sense of humor, and love the outdoors. He gave me the ability to greatly enjoy music — but not to sing. Not at all. If you have ever stood near me during church on Sunday, you know what I am talking about.
I can’t sing at all, yet the Bible says: “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” (Psalm 95:1) and “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” (Psalm 47:6), and so many more verses about singing to God.
Many years ago, I decided not to worry too much about what other people thought about my singing, and instead concentrate on singing to God. One of my children (who was still young enough to speak exactly what was on their mind without a filter) said, “Mom, you are not a good singer. But I think God knows you mean what you are singing to Him, and I bet He really likes hearing you sing.” (I decided to try and take this as a compliment.) As I thought about it, I realized my child was probably right.
You may not like my awful singing (I know I don’t!), but I think God does, when I sing to Him from my heart. If you are in the same boat as me, let’s try to worry less about what others think and more about what God thinks. As a matter of fact, worrying less about what others think and more about what God thinks is good advice for every area of our lives.