Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
The writer of this psalm thinks he is the conductor of a symphony. He imagines that everyone on earth are musicians playing harps, trumpets, and horns. Then he has all the sea creatures be cheerleaders who shout all the time. He invites the earth itself and all living creatures to join in. Rivers are imagined as applauding for joy at all this! And the choir? Why the very hills! How’s that for an imaginative writer of a psalm!
You can do the same with your imagination. All you have to do is let everything around you—what you see, hear, taste, touch and smell—be part of a symphony with you as the conductor! Try it! Maybe you’ll feel God giving you all this joy and happiness, just as he did to the writer of this lovely psalm.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Joy and happiness within v. 4
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the Fourth Week in Advent
Winter in the north. Year C
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…