It's day 17 of the 21 day Daniel fast. I'm in the midst of the third and final week and the focus is hearing God and Him alone. It's hard. Earlier all I could hear was the noise around me, but then God spoke. He told me to listen harder. "All I hear is noise," I replied. "Noise to you, but not to me, listen," He said once again. So I listened and I realized the noise and craziness going on around me is all to His glory. The sounds of the people and the congestion of busy city streets are translated through heavenly realms into praise to His Holy Name. Even those who do not choose to worship; they can do nothing to deviate the praise and exaltation to God.
Whether we deny Him or embrace Him we are His children and He loves us and is constantly speaking to us. Believers automatically translate the sound and understand His calling. Christ has opened our hearts, eyes, and ears to the sounds of Heaven. Unbelievers can't hear it. They don't stop long enough to allow their heart to listen. They're in a tunnel of darkness and it's up to us to shine the light of Christ and help bring them out of the mist and into His presence. But we can't do that if we aren't taking time to listen ourselves. We can get thrown back into the cloud of darkness just like unbelievers when we fill ourselves with the ways of this world. Don't get distracted. We "are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that [we] may declare the praises of him who called [us] out of darkness into his wonderful light" (I Peter 2:9). Sing loud and clear! Praise Him in all circumstances. Shine the light of Christ into the darkness of this world. Listen for the praises and join in!
Below is an awesome video about praising God in the midst of the noisy world around us. Enjoy!