Psalm 150:1 – Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. (NIV)
There is a wet-weather pond behind my house that holds water only when we have excessive amounts of rain; it dries up quickly when the rains cease. During the time when we have a pond, frogs mysteriously appear from somewhere and lay their eggs. Soon we have myriads of tadpoles, followed by lots of frogs. After a few weeks, we have a frog chorus in the late evening when darkness signals the end of the day.
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. (NIV)
As I listen, entranced by the night-time choir, I like to think about these frogs whimsically, as if they were human. They seem to be so proud of their home, and they want the world to know it. This chorus is beautiful beyond description. Out there in God's sanctuary, they are expressing their praise for existing in a muddy home and having their needs met.
They sing exuberantly on and on into the evening. They give the impression that they are sure of who they are and what their purpose in life is: they were created to sing; their purpose is to make night music. There seems to be no question in their minds as to how conditions are in the pond or who the leading voices will be. They sing because they were created and placed in this particular pond to make a joyful noise. They don't worry that next week the pond may dry up. They simply sing — that's their calling, their purpose for being.
You and I were also created to make a joyful noise. Today's scripture verses give us an invitation to enter joyfully into God's presence in His sanctuary. The invitation doesn't say to sing joyfully when we feel like singing or when everything is going our way. It simply says that everyone who has breath should praise the Lord.
How often do we make a joyful noise of praise to the Lord? He didn't say it had to be exactly on key. The frogs blend in together to make their chorus. We can blend in with our group and do our part. Soon a beautiful chorus will be heard in God's sanctuary.
Prayer: Lord, make of us instruments of praise to glorify Your name. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.