Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
This Psalm invites us to bear witness to God’s goodness and express our testimony in song. Music elevates the mind, subdues the heart and captures our feelings, turning them into joy when we lift our praises to God. Songs of victory will echo from the redeemed entering their immortal reward. Music makes work pleasant. Music drives away discouragement. “Vocal music is one of God's gifts to men, an instrument that cannot be surpassed or equaled when God's love abounds in the soul.” (Selected Messages,Vol. 3, p. 335)
We may vocalize our gratitude and express our gladness to God, but love adds genuine melody to our words and the outcome is music of praise. Music has its origin in heaven and makes a world of difference in our experience. The first time I ever composed a song was when I held my firstborn son in my arms. Love made the song emerge spontaneously from my heart. And this Psalm invites us to sing a melody of love to the One we love most, the God of the universe, the God of our salvation.