Let the sea and everything in it roar;
the world and all its inhabitants too.
8 Let all the rivers clap their hands;
let the mountains rejoice out loud altogether 9 before the Lord
because he is coming to establish justice on the earth!
He will establish justice in the world rightly;
he will establish justice among all people fairly.
I love the sound of rain. A lot. If the weather is warm enough, when it rains, I like to open the window. My house has these two big screened in doors in the back room. When it rains, I like to sit against the screen of the open doors. It is very much the vibe of a contemplative, moody scene in a movie. My cats love it too!
I can’t quite describe why it’s so soothing. It’s not just the lovely smell of refreshing rain or the way the earth looks in overcast, it’s the sound. There’s something about that sound. Maybe because of the consistency of it? Maybe just the quality of sound it creates off of different materials? Like the sound of rain on metal versus grass? I’m really not sure, but the sound is soothing. I know I’m going to have a good night’s sleep if it’s raining.
In today’s ending section of Psalm 98, which we are looking at because of the fact that the song “Joy to the World” that we’re basing our advent sermon series off of is actually a paraphrasing on Psalm 98, we see language about the sounds of the earth itself: seas and animals roaring, river clapping, and mountains rejoicing. Maybe this text is telling me why I like the sound of rain so much. Maybe I hear it as the earth praising God.
by Rachel Callender
For Pondering & Prayer.
Are there nature sounds you like in particular? Bird songs (maybe you can even name a specific bird)? Wind? Sea waves? Today, listen to the earth rejoice its Creator.
Prayer: Lord of all, may we not only hear rejoicing on our own lips, but in the sounds around us, in the sounds you created. Amen.