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Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord


“Shout praises to the Lord, everyone on this earth. Be joyful and sing as you come in to worship the Lord.” Psalm 100.
As I sit having a cuppa after morning devotions in my ‘differently abled’ Adara Sevana School in Sri Lanka, I reflect on how the children love to sing ‘Hallelujah’ songs. The children come from different backgrounds and live with many disabilities, which makes life difficult for them. The name of the school means ‘House of Love’ and here they find love and acceptance.  They make a joyful noise to the Lord in their own way. The noise of their musical instruments and voices is so rousing that God must approve, and be deeply moved by it. 
On a school trip to a play park the children got very excited when they heard ‘Michael Row the Boat Ashore’ being played. They didn’t know the song, but every time Hallelujah came up they clapped their hands, danced and sang. Those on the big wheel soared up and their Hallelujahs rose heavenward with them. Special children praising the Lord in their own way.
 ‘Hallelujah’ is a great word and one of the few that cannot be translated into another language. Everywhere in Christian company ‘Hallelujah’ is universally understood.  Its meaning is derived from Hallel, which means praise, and Yahweh, the highest name given to God. Every time you sing or say Hallelujah you are declaring God’s greatness and worthy of our praise. 
 David tells us to sing, so what goes on when we sing? We place ourselves where God’s power can change the reality of our circumstances.  Maybe it is us He wants to change rather than our circumstances.  When Paul and Silas were in prison as they prayed and sang hymns other prisoners listened, and suddenly an earthquake shook the foundations of the prison, the doors burst open and their bond were loosened.  Praise is not something we do in our mind, but with our mouth. So let us make a joyful noise to the Lord, and let that noise be one of  thankfulness. We are to serve Him as joyful children, glad to do the will of our Father and not as reluctant servants.
In Revelations 19:6 we read, “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like rushing waters and peals of thunder shouting, “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us celebrate. Let us rejoice.” This sums up very dramatically how vast crowds in heaven break out in song as loud as many waters, and loud as thunder to the ear. A great Hallelujah swells in celebration of the reign of the Lord God. Revelations 7:9-10 says that one day people from every race, tribe, nation and language will together call out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne. Salvation to the Lamb.”  

Today, while you joyfully sing ‘Hallelujah’ please pray for the children in Adara Sevana who struggle daily to be accepted and loved, and the teachers who tend their every need. 

 

September Engagements to date:
2nd – Kilwarlin
13th – Belfast District MWI Executive Committee meeting – Cairnshill Methodist Church
15th – MWI General Officers Meeting – Thomas Street Methodist Church, Portadown.
21st-23rd - MWI Fellowship Week-end – Glenada, Newcastle.
25th-  Belfast District Synod – Finaghy Methodist Church.

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