Making a Joyful Noise

Joyful NoiseThere’s one line in Psalm 98 that has stuck in my head since I was a child. As I recall, the line is, Make a joyful noise unto the L-rd.

Throughout my childhood, I often thought of what joyful noise I would make. Would it be the sound of me singing? Or me playing the flute or piano? Maybe even me playing the cello? Then again, maybe it would be me teaching or writing. I just wasn’t sure.

I didn’t give it much thought in my 20’s, but somewhere in my 30’s, it occurred to me that my joyful noise would be the noise made by a house filled with children. That realization has since given me a sense of purpose that transcends all other concerns. It also gives me a guide for making decisions in my life since, to make this joyful noise, I must strike a healthy balance between a full life for myself and an emotionally healthy life for my kids.

In turn this has led to a lot of hard thinking about what I want to model for my children and what makes a healthy model. I’ve also considered how this role impacts my roles as an individual, a wife, a mother, an author, and a Jew? All in all, the process has kept me introspective in the midst of the flurry of every day life. It’s also resulted in a very full and happy life.

What about you? What is your joyful noise?


What do you think?