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A Joyful Noise

Anchor Devotional - 10.30.15


"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, 'From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise'?"
(Matthew 21:16)

Matthew 21:1-9

I love to sing. I don’t do it very well, so I try not to sing loudly in public. But when I’m in my car with the radio turned up, I shed my self-consciousness and belt out praise to the Lord.

Children don’t have that sense of self-consciousness. If they are happy or have a favorite song, you’ll know it. Their joy – and their singing – are uninhibited. That’s what makes their praise so special: it comes from the heart without any preoccupation with self.

Try not to stifle that heartfelt praise, even if you mean well. A raised eyebrow at off-key notes, a slight shake of the head to show they’re singing too loudly, or a finger to the lips to silence them completely can all convey a crushing message: if you can’t sing perfectly, then don’t sing at all.

Praise from the untrained voice of a child may be sweeter than the most polished choir. The Lord delights in the praises of His children – young and old! For those whose only desire is to praise the One to whom they belong, a joyful noise can be the best music of all.

Scripture Focus

Matthew 21:1-9

Insight

Are you self-conscious about your musical abilities when you praise God? Follow the children in your life and praise Him unreservedly!

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 35-36
  • Psalm 119:121-176
  • 1 Corinthians 13