Monday, September 1, 2014

"Don't Become Deaf"

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." Psalm 98:4

There is a lot of noise going on in the world.  When I say noise, I am not necessarily talking about the noise of radios playing, dogs barking, bands playing, machinery working, etc.  I mean there is the noise of violence, hate, threats, fear, anger, worry, destruction, intimidation, injustice, negativity and confusion.  It is all around us.  It is "at home" and around the world.

If you listen to these noises too long, or if they are the only noises you hear, they will discourage you, cause you to give up, become depressed, and despair of living.  Listening to them too long can also cause you to become "deaf".  Deaf to the voice hope.  Deaf to the whisper of faith.  Deaf to the sound of abundant life.

So how do we guard and protect our "hearing" so we are not deafened by the noise of chaos in the world?  We drown them out with another noise.  We drown them out with praise.  We drown them out with thanksgiving.  We drown them out with shouts of joy.  We drown them out with rejoicing in the goodness of God.  Your praise has to be louder than those other noises.  Let you praise be the "dominate" noise you hear.  When you start hearing those other noises, counteract them with praise.  When the noise of fear is shouting, shout back with praise.  When the noise of intimidation is getting louder, get louder with praise.  Praise is more powerful than those noises are.  God inhabits praise.  

Don't let those other noises deafen you, let your praise deafen and silence them.  

Have a great day.  Praise protects your hearing from the noises of the world that would cause you to become deaf.    

For further reading:
Hebrews 13:15
Psalm 34:1
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