The Proclamation (vs 1;
Psalm 32.11; 47.11; Rom 1.21-22; John 3.19-21; 2 Tim 3.13)
[- Make a joyful noise unto
the lord, all ye lands.]
Enthusiasm (Psalm 32.11; 47.11)
- To make a Joyful Noise is to shout or proclaim with enthusiasm.]
– Methodist Pastor at his sons little league game.
As his son came to the plate with his bat his father stood behind the
fence and was saying, “Okay son, you can do it.
Just see the ball hit the bat with your batters eye.
Keep your eye on that ball and hit it, just like at home!”
The ball was pitched, the son swung the bat and the sound of wood
cracking leather was heard.
Suddenly the ball was flying high toward right center field, the boy was
running, and the Methodist preacher was climbing the fence while shouting, “Run
son, Run!!” And oh, what joy and
praise was in that preachers voice.]
Enthusiasm is contagious and activating.
is addicted sports because there is an enthusiasm and activation that
accompanies unified rejoicing. The
question is, Where is our joyful noise
unto the lord?]
[Why make a
enthusiastically cheers for his son when his son has accomplished an important
task or skill, like hitting a baseball at a ball game.
At moments like those there is a reason to rejoice.]
enthusiastically cheers for their team when their team has planned, practiced,
and vanquished their opponents.
There is a sense of unity and victory that permeates the whole community.
At moments like these there is a reason to rejoice.]
[A Church ought to
enthusiastically rejoice because of the victory and security that has been won
by our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross.
When the Lord Jesus Christ came into your life He thoroughly washed away
all of your sin and brought you into the supernatural family of Almighty God.
Is there are reason to rejoice in
this place today!? WE have come
together this first day of the week, rather than the last day of the week (which
is the Sabbath), because this is the day when our Lord Jesus Christ physically
rose from the grave and we come here to remember and celebrate His glorious
Is there a reason to rejoice in this
place today!? When our Lord
walked out of that grave His purpose was to pour new and vibrant life into you
and this He does through the Holy Spirit that He has sent to fill you and guide
you. You have God living within
Is there a reason to rejoice today!?
I know someone may be here today who has just lost a precious loved one or who
is going through some struggle or trial, but if your loved one was born again
then they are more alive than they have ever been before and you will get to see
them again one day, and in that eternal meeting you will never be parted from
them again! Is there a reason to rejoice
today!? We oughta be climbing the
fences in this church today! Will
you make a joyful noise unto the Lord!]
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye
righteous: and shout for joy, all ye
that are upright in heart. ]
O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of
[Encompassing Enjoyment (Rom
1.21-22; John 3.19-21; 2 Tim 3.13) [-
Make a joyful noise unto the lord,
all ye lands
– An eager enthusiasm is contagious.
When God’s people shout for joy and rejoice the world will take note of
their worship and enthusiasm and they will come to rejoice in our God as we do.
But the joy and enthusiasm is missing in our Churches today and therefore
the joy is missing in our communities as well.]
[The joyful noise is missing in our world today.
Why won't the world rejoice in
confused (Rom 1.21-22) - Vain imagination.]
21 Because that, when they knew God,
they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, . . . ]
conformed (Rom 1.21, John 3.19-21) - Darkened hearts, Shrouded in darkness,
they won't come out into the light.]
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified
him not as God, neither were
thankful; but became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart
was darkened. ]
[John 3:19-21 19 And this is
the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the
light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. ]
confounded (Rom 1.22; 2 Tim 3.13) - Foolish knowledge, seduced, deceived.]
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, ]
[2 Timothy 3:13 13 But evil
men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. ]
Christian’s act surprised by the evil and sinfulness that is appearing in
our communities. But why would we
be surprised when sin filled people live sinful lives.
What ought to surprise us is the apparent ineffectiveness of our churches
to do anything about the sinfulness in our culture.]
[Why is the
Church so ineffective in our culture? Because
the Church of our day has not answers.
The Church of our day is just as helpless and hopeless as our godless
universities and our godless government.
If the Church of our Lord really had a victory to proclaim, if the Church
of our Lord really had a transformation to present, if the Church of our day
really had a cause to rejoice, then our culture might have a reason to join us
in making a joyful noise unto our God.]
[Encompassing Enjoyment flows out of the people of God
who really rejoice in their Lord.
The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has a reason to rejoice!]
The Submission (vs 2;
Serve the Lord
with gladness: come before his presence with singing
Is it a good thing to know the will of
God and to live in the way of God?
We, God’s people, would say, “Yes it is!”
But our lives declare a very different truth.
Notice what the psalmist wrote.]
with Heralding - Serve the Lord
with gladness: . . . - Yield to the truth and serve Him with
gladness. To serve the Lord means
to work of the Lord, and work means labor.
Labor means weariness and tiredness.
In the face of tiring labor gladness can be found, but it can only be
found when the labor is replete with meaning and purpose.
Of all the work you can do in your life, there is no work with the kind
of enduring value that God’s kingdom work offers.
Whatever you do for our Lord has eternal value.
Hence, there ought to be a rich gladness that accompanies serving our
[Surrendering with Singing (Col 3.16-17) - . . .
come before his presence with singing
– Come before His presence with
a ringing cry or shout. Come in
triumph. It might seem like an occasion of sorrow to surrender to Almighty God,
but in reality to come into the presence of a holy God is a matter of the
greatest kind of Joy. Christian’s
have the pleasure of direct access to a holy God.
Through the finished work of Calvary’s
Cross we come freely into His presence and our Heavenly Father welcomes us into
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.]
The Confession (vs 3;
Luke 15.4-7; Matt 6.33)
[- Know ye that the Lord
he is God:
it is he
that hath made us, and not we
ourselves; we are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture]
is questionable whether a man can know himself until he knows his God."]
God - Know ye that the Lord
he is God: . . . -God's
desire is that you know Him and His Greatness.
Our God is truly awesome. He
is transcendent, above all and over all.
He is the one and only
Maker - Know ye that . . . :
it is he
that hath made us, and not we
ourselves; we are his people, .
. . - While almighty God is so incredibly great, He is also so incredibly
personal and personable. He reached
down from the heights of heaven and form Adam out of the dust of the ground and
breathed life into him (Adam). He
reached down for His glorious and lofty throne and form you in the womb for His
purposes and glory.]
[He is your creator you are not His creator.]
[He made you just as you are - He is the potter.]
[He created you to know Him.]
Shepherd (Luke 15.4-7; Matt 6.33)
-Know ye that . . .
we are his people, and
the sheep of his pasture - He draws you to be near Him.
The fact that Almighty God, the creator of all things is our Shepherd
expresses how much God care about you and for you.
As your Shepherd,]
[He cares for
you (Luke 15.4-7) - He will leave the ninety and nine to come after you.]
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them,
doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is
lost, until he find it? 5 And when
he hath found it, he layeth
it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he
calleth together his friends
and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep
which was lost. 7 I say unto you,
that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than
over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. ]
for you (Matt 6.33)]
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.]
[When you admit and summit to God
He will present Himself to you.]
The Reception (vs 4) [-
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with
praise: be thankful unto him, and
bless his name.]
Entrance (vs 4) - Enter into his
gates with thanksgiving, . . . - You Enter His house or family.
You receive Him and enter into His gates with thanksgiving.]
Enthronement (vs 4) - . . .
and into his courts with
praise: . . . - He Adopts you as His own. He receives you into His courts
[By the mercies of God the inner most
court is now open.]
The Revelation (vs 5;
Rom 8.28; James 1.16-18; Lam 3.22; Rom
For the Lord
is good; his mercy
is everlasting; and his truth
endureth to all generations.]
Goodness (Rom 8.28; James 1.16-18).]
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that
love God, to them who are the called according to
[James 1:16-18 16 Do not
err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father
of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the
word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.]
Mercy (Lam 3.22)]
It is of the LORD'S mercies
that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. ]
Truth (Rom 3.4)]
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is
written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome
when thou art judged.]
CrossRoads Baptist, Nov 23, 2008