I believe the instructions were to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”. Whoever penned (or penciled) Psalm 100 was adamant that our worship is to be joyful, our service full of gladness. Now that we live in the 21st century, we haven’t any problem making worship loud enough – and that’s where I want to go in this dialogue (if you’d like to join in) – monologue if you’d rather sit this one out.
I’m going to use the word “loud” to imply “powerful” and “majestic” and “heavy”. Even though there are differences, loud’s quicker to type.
I love loud music (as you probably gathered from other stuff in this site). But it’s not loud for the sake of being loud. It’s loud for all kinds of reasons. Primarily it’s loud because the person in the pew or the chair next to me isn’t as off key as I am, and if I’m singing loudly along with the rest of the worshipers I don’t want to be the only thing that my neighbour can hear. If my harmonies are music to God’s ears, it may be only God that has the grace not to say otherwise.
It’s loud because that drummer is having a wonderful time of it, and the rest of the band just can’t have be drowned out.
It’s loud because that 32 foot organ pipe playing that low “C” just can’t be played softly. It’s the law! “Guide Me Oh Thou Great Jehovah” is not a song that we sing with the gusto setting at 4. It’s an 11.
Not all songs and worship wants to be loud – we’re a dynamic church yes! There are passages where hearing the voice of God will happen in a breeze not a tempest. And we too can speak to God so that He might hear us in the quiet. Use these times to advantage!
But majesty (Majesty) needs some majesty!
It’s loud because there’s music moves people. It’s how we were made. It’s why we’re told to make a joyful noise. It’s why the very last psalm in the Psalms reaches the crescendo that it does.
But, 99% of us have a point where the pleasure and the euphoria turns to pain. And that is why we have a sound person. And blessed is the congregation whose sound person is a worshiper and considered to be a member, and integral member of the worship team.