"Indoor voices!" I said it over and over again to our children when they were young. There is something about young children. When they get excited, their volume goes up to a feverish pitch. Sometimes their excessive volume is an irritation to me, but most times it actually makes me giggle. You can almost see their excitement and joy emanating from their bodies in waves of sound. It takes a while to teach them the time and the place for being noisy. (Especially when I sometimes am guilty, too! I get excited and my volume button goes up!)
Recently, we had a couple of younger children staying with us at our home. I found myself again saying that familiar command: "Indoor voices, please!" They would be quieter for just a few sentences, but then their excitement would build as they told some amazing and thrilling story. Their little bodies would wiggle as they continued talking and the tension began building. Before they knew it, their volume was once again on overload as they smiled, giggled, and of course shouted their story with glee. (Kids are way too much fun to watch.)
Psalm 47 isn't saying, "Indoor voices, please!" It is saying, "Turn the volume up, you guys! It's time to praise!"
Psalm 47:1 "O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."
Does God excite you? When you and I sit and think about the God we serve, it should create a rise in volume as if we were children getting excited about a story we want to tell. Maybe we have lost our "praise voices" and opted for "indoor voices" because we have forgotten to dwell on the goodness of God. We have forgotten to think about the attributes of our Father. We have neglected meditating and studying about how amazing our Saviour Jesus is. We have lost our song. We have lost our shout. We have opted for polite indoor voices when He is worthy of our excitement-driven noise.
Psalm 47:5-7 "God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding."