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Written by Mr. Peter Langbroek
What was New Year's Eve like for you? Did you stay up past your bedtime? I did. At 11.50 p.m. we read Psalm 90. Then we prayed. While praying, we could hear it was 12.00 midnight! Outside, firecrackers popped and crackled. A party horn blew. Three houses down someone yelled a loud "Yahoo!" Laughter mixed with rock-beat music came from another home. When we finished prying we turned on the radio. A disc jockey aired "New Year's in Vancouver." People slurred speeches into the mike. The crowd behind him hooted and yahooed.

Were the people bad for being so noisy? No, there's a time to be noisy. Rather, what was bad was not the noise, but the silence. No one mentioned or honoured God at such a fitting time! No one proclaimed God as King of the universe! No one praised His rule or faithfulness during 1995!

You see, New Year's Day is a very old celebration. In the Old Testament the Israelites celebrated New Year's (not on January 1, but on October 1, the seventh month of the old Jewish calendar). God Himself commanded it. In Leviticus 23:24 we read: In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

The Jewish New Year celebration became known as the Feast of Trumpets. No one worked that day. All day and evening over one hundred priests blew trumpets and rams' horns. Then, by sunset, two young bullocks, one ram, and seven lambs were sacrificed on the altar at the temple in Jerusalem. During the sacrifice, over one hundred trumpets and rams' horns blew. As well, a Levite choir sang Psalms and played many instruments. You may have well guessed that it was noisy.

But why all the noisy trumpet blowing? The priests blew the trumpets for our King! They blew loudly so the people would wake up to turn to our King, so they would bend their knees to our King, and to remember our King's promises. The Feast of Trumpets was serious but also joyous, because the Israelites proclaimed our King's wise and faithful rule.

At the temple, the Levite choir sang Psalms honouring God as King, like Psalm 93:

The Lord reigneth, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is
clothed with strength, wherewith He hath also girded Himself: the
world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is
established of old: Thou art from everlasting (verses 1 and 2).

This Psalm called Israel to remember our God Who controls the noisy, unruly waves of the oceans. The choir sang a loud noise to God, singing: Thy testimonies are very sure; holiness becometh [adorns] thine house, O Lord, forever (Psalm 93:5).

Children, noise suits New Year's day, but only a noise that is not silent about God. The Bible tells us of a day when the Lord Jesus will come down with a shout, a voice of an archangel, and the trumpet call of God (1 Thessalonians 4:16). No New Year's crowd will match that noise! We will all see our King Jesus. He will judge those who ignored Him and feasted without Him, who never shouted: Our God reigns! Let us turn to our King, remember His promises, and proclaim Him King of kings on this day of salvation, the year of our Lord, 1996!

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