A Joyful Noise

a joyful noiseI love to sing. I don’t do it very well, so I try not to sing too 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, we know it.


Their joy—and their singing—is uninhibited. That’s what makes their praise so special. It comes from the heart without any preoccupation. No holding back!

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.

What we may not realize is that praise from the untrained voice of a child can be sweeter than the most polished choir. The Lord delights in the praises of His children, from the youngest to the oldest! The Bible describes it this way:

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

For those whose only desire is to praise the One to whom they belong, a joyful noise can be the best music of all.

So let’s be careful to let the little children—and the not-so-little children—come to Jesus. And don’t be afraid of singing off-key!

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About Ava Pennington

Ava Pennington is thoroughly enjoying her second career as an author, teacher, and speaker. She moved from New York to Florida, leaving a twenty-year corporate career as a Human Resources executive. But don’t call her retired! She now teaches a weekly, interdenominational Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 300+ women from September through May. Of course, Ava writes. She has written for organizations such as Focus on the Family, Christianity Today, and Haven Ministries. She has also been published in 25 anthologies, including nineteen Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Her newest book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is published by Revell Books and endorsed by Kay Arthur, founder of Precepts International. Ava has also co-authored two children’s picture books, Do You Love Me More? and Will I See You Today? If you’re looking for a speaker, she delights in challenging audiences with relevant, enjoyable presentations. For more information, please visit www.AvaWrites.com.


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