Praise the Lord!
I came across this video on Facebook. I don't typically spend much time on Facebook, if I even go on at all. But because I'm a musician and I grew up listening to Chicago, and there was this young boy playing the drums along to "Make Me Smile," I clicked on the video (if video doesn't display, click here). And because I'm seeking to discover joy, I'm being more intentional and thoughtful of what comes into my life.
His name is Avery Molek, and he is 8 years old. Yes, 8. And an incredible drummer.
First, the joy in the song choice! What 8 year old listens to music his grandparents listened to? Yes, I said grandparents. Most likely it is before even his parents' time (circa 1970).
And the song itself--"Make Me Smile." What a wonderful song to brighten a day. Of course, it's a pseudo-love song, but still...
But what really brought ME joy was seeing the joy on this kid's face! He sings along--then suddenly, he just breaks out into a smile--several times! Finally, you can almost see him go to a place where all musicians go when we are "feeling the groove." It's a place of bliss, of freedom, of creativity, of...something that can only be felt and experienced.
I believe that place is one of connection. Connection with our Creator--the One who instilled this passion in us--a longing that calls out to the Creator of our beings to fill us with more as our creative expression overflows and bubbles up out of us--a place of thankfulness, of love, of joy.
You don't have to be a musician to experience this.
I have often felt it while expressing praise and extending worship to God. As I lift my hands and sing with abandon my joy overflows, and I offer all I have to Him. He takes my paltry offering and fills me with more and I offer it back and it just keeps going!
Sometimes I've even felt it when I've been in a place of pain.
The psalmists understood this. Most of the psalms begin with a lament but always end in praise. Why?
Well, as I always say: I'm no theologian. I'm just an ordinary woman who serves an extraordinary God, but here's my opinion anyway:
The psalms were sung, not spoken. Even if you're lamenting to God--if you're doing it through music, you're bound to turn it around into a praise at some point. That's just the way God works.
Psalm 150, the very last psalm---the encore, if you will--tells us to praise God with all we have. With every instrument and even through dance. I love that he includes loud clashing cymbals!
You may not be a musician, but you can make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
I pray that you find joy in music today, and that if your soul is downcast, some notes of joy will find their way into the core of your being...and make you smile.
Blessing Along the Joyful Path,
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