No, I am not suddenly taking to the pulpit. This is not meant to be preaching. It is just a sharing of thoughts based on one of the most quoted and beloved of biblical passages.
Maybe it's what a Philadelphia lawyer does on a Saturday afternoon in his home office when his family is at the mall, he is not sure what songs to sing or compose, what books to peruse, or what legal work needs to be done at that very moment.
It's really an attempt to expound and expand. Having been blessed with some memorable and maybe unlikely personal triumphs over the past few years, it's an effort to give back, to go beyond the well-known text that I had heard in school, when it was not yet an infringement of anyone's rights to read a daily passage from the bible, or to pledge allegiance to the flag.
Fortunately, one HuffPost Senior Editor, Craig Kanalley, became guided and directed to read the Bible cover to cover, and to report his reactions ("How Reading the Bible in 100 Days Changed My Life"). He quoted many significant passages and offered commentary and explanations.
Having studied metaphysical and New Age teachings over the last several years, I have come to advance the thoughts that attitudes have a big role in producing quality of life eventualities. It is nice to picture communication with one's own deity or Source as a joyous enterprise and not some foreboding duty which is necessary to avoid punitive consequences.
The pursuit of contentment, I am told, is not supposed to be tenuous drudgery, but a natural state. And the offerings of kindness and unselfishness in our daily existences produce reflective consequence. Gratitude results in more things to be grateful about. And the snowballing of courtesy whether an opening of a door, yielding to a left turning motorist, a smile or kind word, is all part of the joyful noise. Other biblical passages urge that each gracious act to our co-inhabitants on the planet is considered to be a kindness to God, is a welcome suggestion that the joyous noise consists of much more than utterances of prayer.
If we can start getting used to the idea that the acts of worship can be a happy activity, a true celebration of life, and that we are meant to be happy and peaceful, making the "joyful noise" will become automatic.
May YOU live joyously in the present moment, and may each of your "nows" reverberate with "joyful noise." (I really LIKE that idea!)