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The Singing Parrot

May 23, 2016
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Picture1“Stand up, stand up for Jeeeesus…”

Do you ever sing in the shower? I mean, do you ever really belt it out so echoes reverberate throughout the house, scaring the neighbors walking their dog on the sidewalk if the window happens to be open? Or maybe, like me, you prefer to just “let it go” in the car while singing along to the radio. Either scenario is a perfectly socially acceptable way to behave. For humans, that is.

Recently, I received a letter from one of our listeners, Charlotte, from New Jersey. In her letter, Charlotte shared a singing experience that consistently happens in her house. Every Saturday morning when Family Radio’s “Kid Corner” airs, someone in her household sings along with the music: her nineteen-year-old parrot, Noah.

It blows my mind to think about how God knew about Noah the parrot thousands of years ago when He wrote Psalm 148:1-10, “Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens:
praise Him in the heights…Praise the Lord from the earth… beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl… let them praise the name of the Lord: for His name alone is excellent; His glory is above the earth and heaven.”

I love that Noah the parrot sings praises to God every Saturday morning. He does it because he enjoys it, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. II Samuel 6:14 says, “And David danced before the Lord with all his might…” David was in a crowded city street with many people watching, but from his perspective, he had an audience of One, the recipient of His praise.

Maybe you worry that Noah the parrot’s singing voice outshines yours, that praising the Lord will bring more offense to His ears than actual glory. God wrote a psalm especially for you! “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise” (Psalm 98:4). God said “joyful,” not “beautiful!” He wants us to so fully experience His joy so that we literally burst into song!

So what are you waiting for? Go and “praise ye the Lord”!

Jessie Chamberlain
Family Radio Staff

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