You’ve turned it all around
Where I was hurting, now I’m rejoicing
In Your love I’m found and I have joy
You took away my pain
You turned my mourning into dancing
I can smile again ‘cause I have joy
Let the celebration begin
Make a joyful noise unto Him
Come on everybody
Let’s give Him praise for He is good
You have given me a joy that won’t stop
And will never leave
So I will praise You with gladness
For You are good
You’ve turned my sadness into gladness
You’ve turned my sorrow into joy
Now I’m singing and I’m dancing
And I will shout for joy
Songwriter: Joth Hunt ~ Performed by PlanetShakers
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Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His Presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name!
For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever,
and His faithfulness to all generations.
‘Make a joyful noise!’ Oh, you don’t have to tell me twice! (And sometimes it is just that—a joyful noise.) Do we not just love to sing our praises to the Lord God?!? We have so many, many reasons to praise Him, to thank Him, to bless His Holy Name.
Here in Psalm 100, verse 5 offers three extremely compelling reasons to praise Him:
He is good
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in Him.
This we know…in fact, isn’t there a praise chorus that we love to sing: ‘God is good ALL the time! And ALL the time, God is good!’
His love endures forever
Give thanks to the God of Heaven for His steadfast love endures forever.
Twenty-six (yes, 26!) times in Psalm 136, this praise is exclaimed! (Here’s a link to read the whole psalm.) Throughout the entire history of mankind—from Adam & Eve and all the way along through the Scriptures—we read of the myriad of ways that our Great God has manifested His steadfast love. AND He has made promise after promise to His children (us! you and me!) that His love will endure for eternity!
He is faithful to all generations
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.
What a promise of hope He has made—His covenant of love to those who love Him and obey! Our God always brings His promises to pass! What a faithful God!
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We love to make a joyful noise, Lord, singing Your praises! You are the Almighty God Who deserves all the praise there is to give! Thank You for Your faithfulness, Your goodness, and Your love! HalleluJAH! Amen.