There are times when people feel more comfortable in the musical or emotional engagement with God. Some like it loud at gatherings, others like it more private. I say musical or emotional engagement because worship is a lifestyle of being a living sacrifice, its not music or what we do on a Sunday morning. A key part of it though is making some noise!
Turn up the volume
Let’s face it, loud noise hurts our ears. There is a time and place for that. For many long drives are optimal times. Crank up the volume, sing loudly, no one cares, have fun. When you read Psalm 47, the making some noise just has to happen. Think of it this way, in a tight sporting match, or when your team is creaming the other side, it’s hard to be quiet.
There are times when people complain about the noise of a worship service. Granted, if its constantly loud and painful, that’s one thing. If it’s occasional that is quite another. Again, there is a time and place to be loud and proud, and singing to God is one of those times. We forget the loud, obnoxious, celebratory music is a key part of worship, as are many other forms. In battle you don’t want quiet and soothing, your want to feel the rush.
Command not preference
Making some noise is not a preference issue in worship. It is part of it. Every life moment has aspects of music, emotion, etc. that match the occasion. The questions should be is the music and volume appropriate to the moment. In times of pain and lament loud and proud music is not appropriate. In times of reflection or solemnity it is not appropriate either. In times of celebrating victory and the goodness of God? Bring. It. On. This may not feel comfortable, but there is a time and place for it.
What is my musical preference for sinking to God?
How do I feel about being loud and proud for people I love?
What is God’s response in Psalm 47 when God’s people make some noise?