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What does the Bible say about believers making loud noises?

As we look through the Bible, there are verses that speak of shouting aloud to God:

Psalm 81:1-2 “Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre”.

Psalm 95:1-2 “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song”.

Psalm 98:4-6 “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King”.

Isaiah 12:4-6 “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you”.

Zephaniah 3:14 “Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!”.

All these verses speak about making loud noises to the Lord. However, all of them also refer to our speaking out or singing out praises to God in worship. The Bible never explicitly states that people should worship God by making loud noises with no meaning!

Indeed, if someone is speaking in an unknown language then the apostle Paul taught us that we must stop and wait for an interpretation so that the whole congregation can benefit. If such an interpretation is not forthcoming the speaker should keep quiet in church and speak to himself and to God (1 Corinthians 14:27-28).

Paul wrote about the principles of worship in 1 Corinthians 14:26-39. He wrote that hymns, words of instruction, revelations from God, tongues and interpretations, all must be done for the strengthening of the church. However, all these things must be done in an orderly way and everyone should not shout out at once “for God is not a God of disorder but of peace”.

Paul is quite clear that while we should not stop people from expressing themselves,  “everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way”. The principle about what is acceptable in worship is that we should “try to excel in gifts that build up the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12). Words spoken in an unknown language with no interpretation do not build up the whole church, and it is difficult to understand how loud noises without meaning could help others in their worship.


All scripture quotations from NIV84