Make a Joyful Noise!

joyful-1Tomorrow is the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish new year, traditionally tied to the birth of Adam and Eve, which is to say the human race. Its biblical name is Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Trumpets, which literally means “the Day of Blasting” or noisemaking.

King David put it this way: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know that the Lord is God: it is he who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. So enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise: be thankful and bless his name. For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting and his truth endures to all generations!”  ~Psalm 100:1-5

In short:

“Make some noise, people.

You’re alive, and so is your Creator!”


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19 Responses to Make a Joyful Noise!

  1. francisashis says:

    Amen.Praise the Lord.Take care.😊🙏🌹

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  2. 🎶”It’s a great day to be alive. I know the sun’s still shining when I close my eyes.”🎶

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  3. Amen!!! Thank you. Beautiful reminder.

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  4. adguru101 says:

    Happy New Year (Shana Tovah, literally “good year”) to all, Jewish or not! The holiday begins tomorrow at sundown and starts a ten-day period of reflection, prayer, and rejoicing. Thanks for posting; may we all enjoy a year of happiness, health and peace. Alisa

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  5. Yay!! 🥁📯🙏🎵🎶🎺🎸

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  6. I never realized that’s why Rosh Hashanah is celebrated. Thank you for the wisdom you give and the sharing of God’s Word.

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  7. mitchteemley says:

    My privilege, Dawn.


  8. I always liked “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”

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  9. revruss1220 says:


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  10. Thought you might like this as I wrote about it today myself.
    Rash Hashanah
    Sept 6th-8th

    Blow the shofar

    An explanation from a Jewish website about Rosh Hashanah, and how we can relate it to our faith.

    On Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of creation, G‑d renews the creative energy that sustains our world. Once more, He is crowned as King of the universe. Just as trumpets are sounded at a coronation, the shofar announces G‑d’s continued kingship.

    On Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Ten Days of Repentance, we awake from our spiritual slumber. The shofar is like an alarm that calls on us to examine our deeds and correct our ways, as we return to G‑d.

    The shofar was blown at Mt. Sinai when the Torah was given. On Rosh Hashanah, we blow the shofar to remind us to rededicate ourselves to the study of the Word—and to remind G‑d of our original commitment and sincerity.

    The shofar reminds us of the voice of the prophets, who like the blast of the shofar called upon us to correct our ways, follow G‑d’s commandments, and act properly with others.

    The shofar’s cry for Jewish people, reminds of the cries and tears shed for the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, galvanizing them to bring Moshiach (the Messiah) and hasten the rebuilding of the Temple.

    For us…hasten the return of the Messiah.

    The shofar, made of a ram’s horn, reminds us of the binding of Isaac and the ram G‑d provided as a sacrifice in his place.
    (Reminds us of the eternal sacrifice He provided for us on the cross)
    By blowing the shofar, we remember the faith of the Patriarchs and our own capacity for self-sacrifice.

    The shofar fills us with awe and humility as we contemplate the true infinitude of G‑d, how He fills all space and time.

    The shofar will be blown on the Day of Judgment when Moshiach comes. We thus blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to remind us to examine our deeds and contemplate how we can improve them.

    The shofar blast will signal the return of the Jewish people when Moshiach comes. We blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to remind us of G‑d’s salvation in our own lives.

    The shofar blast when Moshiach comes will herald a time of universal understanding and recognition of G‑d’s unity. We blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to remind us of G‑d’s unity.

    The call of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah reminds us of the primordial scream, the eternal voiceless call of the soul expressing its desire to return to its Creator.

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  11. Thanks for the reminder. Wishing my (Messianic) Jewish friend a happy Rosh Hashanah. 🙂

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