The longer I live, the more grateful I am for the goodness of God. Every day brings new reasons to be thankful, and I quickly run out of words to express my gratitude to the Lord for His blessings in my life. It seems that He is so good that I want to shout and dance and rejoice all at once. In fact, that’s what I do!

The Word says “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: Make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” (Pas 98:4) Some feel uncomfortable praising and thanking God because they believe it requires a good singing voice. It is true that some may sing better than others, but all of us have the ability to make a loud noise and rejoice! In fact, everyone can sing, but not everyone should record! The Psalmist first said make a loud noise, then rejoice, THEN sing. Since all of us can make noise, all of us can be effective in praising and thanking God. Even if we cannot sing a note, we can make a loud noise, or even a holy racket.


When we are surrounded by challenging circumstances it is important that we do something to refocus our minds on Who and what is good. We do this first by speaking the Word, and secondly by praising and thanking God. When my feelings are trying to ruin my day, I must make a decision: a decision to make a joyful noise. “O come, let us sing unto the Lord:
Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” (Psa 95:1)

Satan hates a joyful noise. David wrote “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” (Psa 8:2) Loosing a shout of joy and a loud noise of praise in the face of impossible circumstances freezes the devil in his tracks. Satan hates a shout of praise to God. On the other hand, our Heavenly Father adores a shout of praise and victory. Psa 22:3 tells us “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” God inhabits, dwells, and lives in our praises. Need some help today? How about giving God a shout-you’ll be glad you did!

Ramon Duvall

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