When A Noise Is All You Got
But even in this God is gracious. While God does call us to be holy, our worship of Him isn't dependent on our perfection. If that were the case we would never be able to worship God. He also doesn't call us to only give only what we would consider beautiful and worthy. As Psalm 51 says, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
One of the Psalms that I love in regards to this theme is Psalm 100. In its opening verse we read, "Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!" We don't read "Make a beautiful song" or "Make a noise that everyone loves." It is simply a joyful noise. That speaks to the heart making the noise. It is a heart bursting to worship, overflowing with praise. It reminds me of the sound trees make when the wind blows or the fall of steady rain. It points us to the beauty of a bird singing or of a frog croaking. All of these are beautiful to God's ears because the are a joyful noise coming to Him from His creation.
So, will you join with creation today? Maybe a noise is all you can muster. Maybe you don't think it is all that pretty or worthy of an awesome God. But will you still lift it to Him in worship?
I'll leave you with a great song that reflects this simple message... an oldie from David Crowder