Summary: To the Child of God, every sound of God’s Word and of the Gospel is a Joyful Sound.
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Pastor James May
THE JOYFUL SOUND
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Sounds – sounds are everywhere. Voices speaking into your ears and your heart; music that floats across the airwaves; the noisome din of traffic; news broadcasts and the sounds of nature. Everywhere we go our minds are invaded by sounds.
In fact, sounds have become such a problem that our laws have had to be amended to allow for only limited decibels of sound in order to maintain peace and hearing health.
How many of you have been caught in traffic with the horns blowing, people shouting, traffic screaming by on the opposite side and then to have someone pull up and get caught close to you that has their bass music so loud that it rattles the trunk lid of their car and makes your windows rattle at the same time?
Yes, noise can be a problem, but noises can be helpful too. Take the sound of a fire or police siren to alert people to be out of the way so that emergencies can be handled quickly and lives saved as a result. Or just think about that wonderful sound that most of us hear every morning from the alarm clock that wakens us from a deep and restful sleep. Or take the sound of soothing music. One old saying is that “music hath charms to sooth the savage beast” and we all know of a lot of two legged beasts that really could use some soothing, right?
How many of you get your best sleep of the night in that 10 minute time frame between the first alarm and the snooze alarm? It has been said that most heart attacks occur between the hours of 6 AM and 9 AM. Why, because people are resting comfortably, their heart rate is lower than it will be all day and suddenly there is this alarming noise and the heart races at triple speed for a few minutes until we figure out what the noise is. If we could just do away with the noise of the alarm clock, perhaps we could lower the rate of heart attacks, right? Well, we all know that’s not possible for most people so we just have to keep taking the risk every morning!
Considering the multitude of sounds that we hear every day is interesting, funny and even frustrating but I want us to look at another sound tonight.