Psa. 66:1 ¶ Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!
I never noticed the sadness in Christian music until August of 1994. It seems like most of it was melancholy (they called them songs of intimacy). Then there was the aggressive and angry songs (those were called warfare). Then there was the intense music (those were referred to as prophetic). The basic problem was this, worship music is intended to be worship. Real worship comes from a revelation of God. This brings us to the very atmosphere of heaven; heaven is the place of extreme, radical, overwhelming joy. Heaven is not angry, intense or melancholy, the very atmosphere of heaven is oozing joy. Joy suddenly became my litmus test for worship. If it wasn’t happy, God was probably not in it. Charles Spurgeon spoke about the need of joyful songs that flow from an exultant heart.
“Composers of tunes for the congregation should see to it that their airs are cheerful; we need not so much noise, as joyful noise. God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exultation. All praise from all nations should be rendered unto the Lord. Happy the day when no shouts shall be presented to Juggernaut or Buddah , but all the earth shall adore the Creator thereof.”
John Trappe also spoke of the joyful noise in the house of God. David said it 3000 years ago. Spurgeon said it 150 years ago, and Trappe said it 400 years ago. Listen to John Trappe speak about the joyful noise.
“Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Hebrew, all the earth; shout aloud for joy, as the people did at the return of the ark, so that the earth rang again. God shall show himself to be the God not of Jews only, but of Gentiles also; these shall as well cry Christ, as those Jesus; these say, Father, as those Abba. And, as there was great joy in Samaria when the gospel was there receive, so shall there be the like in all other parts of the earth.”
David Hall recently commented about how he saw Lady Gaga in the Sydney airport. He said everyone was going gaga over Gaga. The point is this, everyone is going to worship something, or better yet, rejoice in something. Some rejoice in Gaga, others in Brees, and still others exult in Spiderman, joy is the overflow of the love of our heart. What is the object of your love? What causes your heart to break out in a joyful noise? Our God is a jealous God and He wants our joyful praises. How can a person change what they love? Actually we can’t, that’s where the grace of God kicks in. All of us were once lost and following the foolish joys of this world until the day that we received light from heaven. God’s love shone into our hearts and we tasted a joy beyond compare. That revelation is the origin of the joyful noise. “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!”