A Certain Sound – Ps Kerrin Wallis [13/01/2019 AM]
What sound does your life make?
Psalm 100:1-5 (NKJV)
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
- Kerrin’s brother was a mechanic and had a Mazda R100 car. It was very loud and fast. It made a lot of noise when the boys wanted to go surfing at 5am, so they pushed the car out of the driveway and down the road before they started it. Everyone in the district knew the sound of that car.
- Psalm 100 says make a joyful shout (noise) for the Lord.
- You can tell the sound that a healthy body makes.
- Your doctor uses his stethoscope to hear the sounds in your body.
- Sounds indicate health. If there is something wrong in your body, it doesn’t sound right.
- You can pick up a good tone.
- Sounds tell you about things.
- Sounds of distress.
- Sounds of our life.
- A healthy Spirit sound makes a joyful shout (noise) of praise to the Lord.
- A good Christian life shows your love for the Lord.
- Some preachers are advised not to sing in church and to turn the mike off because they can’t sing well.
- Kerrin can’t help himself when he sings praises to the Lord. He just sings out loud even though he feels he doesn’t sing well. He makes a joyful noise for the Lord.
1. What sound does your life make?
- Everyone makes a noise.
Psalm 47:1 (NKJV)
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
- Voice of Triumph – a beautiful noise of joy.
- You have a joyful and triumphant life when you follow Jesus.
- A lot of us grew up with a blackboard in school. We remember the noise of scratching down the blackboard.
- The sound of 8 cylinder cars, a perfectly tuned piano.
- What sound do people associate with you?
- If you have a bad attitude you will usually be cynical and have negative suspicion of life.
- We need to be gentle and joyous.
- What are our conversations saying about us?
- Are we sad, angry and critical or are we joyous and triumphant about the things of God.
- What about our Spiritual life? Does it make a sound.
- Is it a critical sound or is it a joyful sound looking for the best in life and people?
- What do our actions, goals and interpretations show?
- Is it just survival showing a hard life? Or is our life joyous?
- What are our prayers like? Are they sorrowful and pleading? Or are they joyful, triumphant actions with a God focus?
- Do we make sounds of distress? Sounds of distress attract something negative like predators.
- Wrong sound brings wrong things around it – negativity, cynical, complaining behaviour attracts negativity.
Proverbs 13:30 (NKJV)
He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
- Destroyed is the same word as noise.
- What words do the people we associate with make?
Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)
The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
- Associating with the wrong sound will lead you astray.
- Their sound changes our sound.
- Don’t befriend the wrong sound.
- The wrong sound attracts fear, doubt and bitterness. Negativity will destroy.
- Joy and being triumphant attracts good to your life and confidence.
- People of joy have a lot to be joyful about.
- What noise does your life make?
- What sound do you want to make for 2019?
- Does the sound you listen to bring you blessing and fruitfulness, or lead you astray?
2. What sound does our service make?
- Vs 2 Serve the Lord with gladness
- Serving people with joy – not being grumpy. Grumpy people find no joy in serving. Feeling you have to hurray up makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Kerrin and Tegan went to a Japanese restaurant. The waitress was awesome and made them want to go back again. Kerrin said ‘I like that girl’!
- Serving with gladness puts people at ease.
- We represent God. Serve Him with gladness.
- We need to be cheerful – put on a good shopfront.
- It is our privilege to serve God. We need to be excited and serve gladly. Be thankful for serving. Do it with gladness.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
- God’s team serves with gladness.
- It is a great privilege to serve God.
- Mother Teresa said:
- Spread love wherever you go, let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
- Our entire life needs to reflect God
Ephesians 6:5-8 (NLT)
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. 6 Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. 7 Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 8 Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
- We ought to be the best workers in Bendigo.
- We represent God. Serve as if you are serving God. Cheerfully and gladly, be God’s shop attendant.
- How do people hear your sound?
- Do they hear you as a believer in God?
- Do our kids hear the sound of God and gladness in our lives?
- Joyful, triumphant, gladness or whinging – this is a dangerous noise.
- Be careful that the sound is right.
- Make a decision to serve God joyfully.
- We serve a magnificent God.
- Some people have the wrong sound.
- In their conversations and attitude there is no joy and no strength.
- The joy of the Lord is your strength.
- Pray for people whose joy and song has escaped.
- Change your sound and let joy trickle back into your life.
- Begin to see joy and gladness coming back into your life.
- Pray for a breakthrough for joy in your life.
Suggestions for discussion points
- Do you recognise your sound?
- Is there something wrong with your sound?
- What sound does your life and service make?
- How will you change your sound in 2019?