Turn Up The Volume!

(Psalm 98:4-9 ESV) 4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD! 7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 9 before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

I’m a loud mouth. My wife tells me that it’s obvious when I enter the room because of the immediate increase in volume! She’s probably right. (I blame it on the rock-n-roll music I listened to as a teenager.)

I’ll admit that I like it loud. The most enjoyable concert I’ve ever attended was the David Crowder Band. The volume was so loud that it literally shook the floor. I loved it. I’m also pretty fond of loud worship experiences at church. I understand that I’m in the minority, but I just feel much better when I am able to voice my worship with some volume.

I think that I share a kindred spirit with the Psalmist. His instructions in Psalm 98 include…

  • Make a joyful noise.
  • Break forth in JOYOUS song.
  • Sing praises!
  • Sing with the lyre.
  • With trumpets and the sound of the horn.
  • Let the seas ROAR.
  • Let the world and those who fill it ROAR as well.
  • Let the rivers CLAP THEIR HANDS.
  • Let the hills sing for joy.

Each of these actions are audible, and most of them bring the expectation of noise. However, there is a caveat.

Noise for the sake of noise is, well, just noisy. But noise for the sake of praise and worship is pleasing to the ears of the Lord.


  • To the Lord…
  • Before the King, the Lord…
  • Before the Lord, who comes to judge…
  • Judge with righteousness and equity.

I realize that most people feel uncomfortable raising their voices and drawing attention to themselves. I get it. But, the real point of this Psalm is to encourage God’s creation to speak up concerning His goodness. It should be as natural for God’s people to praise their creator as it is for the waves to sound forth His glory.

Why don’t we all determine to use our time wisely today? The wisest thing I can think of is to use your time to praise God. Go ahead. Try it. Use your vocal chords, your hands, your feet, your arms… Bang some pans together, shake a tambourine… Put the radio on a good Christian channel and TURN UP THE VOLUME of praise.

If you’re saved and you know it say amen!
If you’re saved and you know it say amen!
If you’re saved and you know it
Then your life will surely show it.
If you’re saved and you know it say amen!

Now, don’t you feel better?

PRAYER: Praise be unto God who reigns on high! You are worthy to receive the praise of my lips. Bless Your name my Lord and my Redeemer! I feel better already. Amen.

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