“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” (I Corinthians 13:1, NKJV)
You know, I hate to say it, but too many of us are just too religious. We go through the motions of going to church, where we do our “duty” in various ministries. We sing, shout, dance and praise. We have a “good time” in church. But the essence of what worship and church really is about is missed. Too many church people are just making noise.
Paul teaches us in First Corinthians 13:1 that you can speak in tongues, cry, shout, preach, teach and perform, but if you do not have love for God and love for your fellow man, all you are doing is just making noise. Yes, we should, as the Bible teaches, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Yes, by all means we should, “Serve the Lord with gladness” and “come before His presence with singing.” By all means, “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” But what makes that noise joyful and glad is not the sound or the harmony. What makes worship joyful is the love we have for God and one another. Otherwise, it’s just noise. Let us truly worship God by truly loving one another. Let us make that “joyful noise unto the Lord,” serving the Lord with gladness, out of our love for God and each other. For truly, to praise, sing, shout, dance and rejoice without love, is JUST MAKING NOISE.