The sounds of listening

Friday, May 29

Scripture reading: Psalm 150



I am sure you are familiar with this Psalm. It’s a psalm often read aloud on Sunday morning by a worship leader.  It’s a psalm of praise. It’s a psalm of worship. It’s a psalm of triumph! It’s a psalm of joy!

But what struck me reading it this time was noting how so much of the worship expressed in this psalm is experienced, not with the mouth, but the ear. Do you hear it? 

Praise Him with the trumpet sound

Praise Him with the harp and lyre.

Praise Him with the timbrel and dancing

Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.

Praise Him with loud cymbals.

Maybe this isn’t a novel discovery to you. We all might acknowledge how our wonder of the glory of God is enhanced by what we hear: the special music number that brings tears to our eyes; the encouraging word we hear spoken in prayer; the blessing that inspires us in our day. Or how about the song of the bird as the sun ushers in the morning? The breeze blowing through the branches of the oak tree? How about the mighty roll of thunder from a spring storm? I could go on, but you know what I am talking about.

But there is another way we can be given a most profound appreciation for the wonder of God: by listening to the sounds of those around us who bear the image of God. Hearing their laughter, their weeping, their sighs; listening to the feelings they express with their words; the ideas they seek to communicate. 

As we listen we grow in our appreciation of a unique creation of God. As we learn of their joys, we learn what gives God joy. As we learn of their sorrows, we learn what moves the heart of God. As we learn to know them better, we are learning something about God too.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, open my ears to others that I might hear your glory through them.

Pastor Marc