joyful noise: the origin story
By Susan Orloff
October 28, 2020
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One of the last things my Mom and I did together during the final year of her life was to memorize Psalm 100. (She was 100 years old. It was the obvious choice!) So I’d like to dedicate today’s devotional to her, particularly since I’ve been doing so much “shouting for joy” in recent weeks. (Ps. 100:1)
This joyful noise-making began when I learned that my only son Jason, and his wife Ashley, will (at long-last) become the parents of a baby boy in March. But my joy was about FAR more than just becoming a Grandma; because I’m over-the-moon that Jason will now get to experience the unabridged Story of God.
Consider the following in the context of what God intended for us:
“In the beginning, God CREATED . . .” So when Jason holds his own tiny creation in March, his sense of unprecedented love & fulfilled vocation will derive from his role as God’s image bearer. And even before his son is aware that he exists, Jason will already love him deeply. Exactly as his Heavenly Father once first loved him.
Jason will strive to create a perfect world for his son, then provide him with commandments designed to ensure that he will thrive. And later, even knowing that his son may choose poorly, Jason will still give him the freedom to make his own choices. Exactly as his Heavenly Father once did for him. And should those choices lead his son astray, Jason will discover a new form of love that is entirely sacrificial; since no cost – up to and including his own life – will ever be too great to ensure his son’s salvation.
And someday Jason will leave his son with the Wholly encompassing Spirit of the love that had bound them together in life. And through the transforming power of that love, his son will bless others – who will bless others, in turn. Until God & His Creation are reunited at last. In perfect Shalom, for all eternity. Exactly as our Heavenly Father always intended.
So how should we react to the fact that we are not only “the sheep of His pastures” (Ps. 100:3) but active participants in advancing His Story? Here’s an idea: let’s ALL go out today, and rattle some windows with our resounding shouts of joy!
In loving memory of Arlene Margaret Gamble
Earthly Birthdate: December 6, 1916 – Heavenly Birthdate: August 2, 2017
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
— Psalm 100:1-2
Prayer to start with: Father, our love will never surpass the love you have for us. Thank you for giving us children who can give us a but a small glimpse into the deep love you have for us. We also thank you for giving us your son Jesus and sacrificing him for humanity. Amen.