"Sing aloud unto God our strength: Make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Raise a song, and bring hither the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the psaltery." (ASV)
At one time or another, most of us have come across a person with a song in their heart. They just seem to bubble over with joy -- they simply can't contain it! How often have we wished we could be as happy as that?
Music has a profound effect on a person. It is a very tangible way to express emotions and feelings, and we are hard-wired to respond to it. There are many mentions of music and singing in the Bible. Repeatedly we are reminded to sing God's praise.
Praising God with song is an intensely powerful act. Not only is it commanded to us to praise our Lord God, but it is also of benefit to us. Praise can refocus us, pull us out of the darkness and remind us to turn toward the light. When we praise God, we can be assured that He hears us and is pleased. He doesn't require perfect pitch or tone. He simply wants us to make our praise to Him aloud. "Make a joyful noise unto God, all the earth" (Psalm 66:1 ASV)
When did you last praise the God who made you?