Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Psalm 98:4 (NIV)
A multitude of angels heralded the moment of the Lord’s birth. How glorious and majestic that must have been.
Did all of nature join in on the celebration; after all, music and song is not just a human ability? Everything on Earth makes joyful noise. Listen to the cacophony of instrumental sounds found in the weather – in the wind, the rain, or a storm; eavesdrop on the myriad of conversations among the creatures of the planet – in the air, the land, or the sea.
Babies find comfort in the pulse of their mother’s hearts, and that natural rhythmic instinct stays with us for the rest of our lives. As children, we delight in sweet lullabies and learn best through nursery rhymes and songs. Few teenagers would make the transition from adolescence into adulthood without its healing beat and lyrics, and Alzheimer research tells us that music is the last of the memories retained by the human brain.
It is everywhere, with us all our lives as an expression of delight and comfort. We celebrate birthdays, weddings, and funerals with songs, marches, or hymns.
Let us join our voices to the earthly choir and celebrate the advent of Jesus’ birth with happy, joyful noise.
Alleluia, dear Lord, we celebrate and sing praises in anticipation of your birth.