Babies crying. Loud amens. The rustling of pages turning in Bibles. Singing like you mean it. The warm sounds of hugs and greetings. The sweet laughter of brothers and sisters. The applause of the church celebrating a rebirth. Kids being kids throughout the halls and rooms. It is all pleasing music to the ears of God.
That is why I praise him for noisy churches!
Not irreverent noise. Not noise that purposefully distracts. Not noise made by uninterested folks. But the noise that naturally comes as a result of God’s family coming together to honor him.
Just imagine the absence of the noise. The silence would be disheartening. After all, we come in worship not to mourn, but to celebrate a risen Savior. Listen to what Scripture has to say:
- Shout with joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. - Psalm 66:1
- Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth, burst into jubilant song.- Psalm 98:4
Sounds like a noisy situation. It seems worship is about making a little joyful noise. How else could we “burst into jubilant song?”
It is the kind of noise we should welcome. I would rather have babies crying in worship, then somewhere else on Sunday morning. I would rather hear the “amens” and all the other sounds, then the echoes of silence. And if worship is helping to prepare us for heaven, then we should get used to the noise. Heaven sounds like it is anything but quiet.
With winged creatures continually praising God; sounds as thunder rumbling and trumpets blowing; with twenty-four elders singing a new song; with voices numbering “thousands upon ten thousands times ten thousand” all praising God together; it will not be dull! (See Revelation 4-5.)
Could it really be any other way? Being Spirit-filled and having hearts full of thanksgiving, we cannot help but voice our praise to God. It is a natural extension of our relationship with him.
So, I thank God for a noisy church. Where there is noise there is life and I want to be a part of a living church!
How about you?