Lenten Devotional: Sunday, March 31

Psalm 66Psalm 67Psalm 19Psalm 46Jeremiah 14:1-9, 17-22Galatians 4:21—5:1Mark 8:11-21

Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth;
Sing the glory of his name;
Give to him glorious praise. Psalm 66:1-3

Make a joyful noise. Familiar words to most of us. But stopping to think a little more deeply, one realizes that our very lives are a glorious song of praise to God.

Each of our lives could be written down as a piece of music, from beginning to end. With high notes and low notes, with harmony and discord, with varying rhythms, depending upon the day, season, or year. All notes culminating in a love song of praise to God.

Each individual song is as necessary as the other; all our individual songs blended into a magnificent, ongoing, glorious symphony in praise of God. Some songs are abbreviated, some are very long, some are finished only after a very long struggle, others are mundane. Some are happy, some are sad, some are radiant with light, some are full of more than their share of darkness. Some sound “off-key,” some sound like a roller coaster. All are necessary parts of the whole joyful noise.

The whole earth hums and vibrates with her praise, sometimes soft, and sometimes loud. Some songs are radiant with light and beauty, and some vibrate full of darkness and force, which forms a necessary counterpoint rhythm. From the smallest atomic particle to the largest tallest mountain, including the biggest wave on the ocean; from insects to humans; from the rocks and minerals and water, from broken shells to the sky above, and back down to the interior of the earth. All our songs combine together, each one equally as crucial and necessary as the other, forming an endless joyful symphony of praise to God.