Psalm 100 says, “A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.” For the next few weeks, we will look at several practical keys in Ps 100 to help the Christian be an over comer in life. Although we legally “are” over comers through faith in Jesus Christ, we may not be living in a practical way the overcoming life. If we will put these keys into practice, our “being” will result in “seeing”; or in other words, the truth of who we are on the inside in Christ, will be manifested on the outside in a tangible way. Let’s get into God’s Word.
Depending on what kind of church you may have been brought up in, shouting may seem very offensive. Others of us may like shouting all too much. However, regardless of what prejudices we might have, we should simply look at God’s Word and see what it has to say (2Tim 3:16). Of course, we are talking about righteous shouting, or shouts of praise unto the Lord - not shouting at the dog or the kids. Some say, “God’s not deaf!”. True, He’s not deaf - nor is He timid. Besides, shouting isn’t so God will hear you. If He lives in the Believer, do you have to yell? No, as we shall see, shouting does more for you; although it does bless God, as well.
In Ps. 100:1, “Make a joyful noise” literally means to “split the ears with a shout of joy and triumph”. Did you hear that? The Bible says make an ear-splitting shout of joy! This is repeated many times in Psalms and in other places, as well. Here are just a few (Ps 32:11, 47:1, 5, 98::4, Zep 3:14). Victory over the enemies of God often came after a mighty shout. You see this when Joshua led the Israelites to victory at Jericho (Jos 6:4-5, 20); when Gideon’s small army surprised the enemy at night (Jdg 7:18-21); and when king Jehoshaphat sent the praise & worshippers out before the army, and they were given the victory (2Ch 20:21-22).
Who else shouted in God’s Word? Jesus Christ The Lord! In Jn 7:28, it says Jesus “cried” (Greek word Krazo - call aloud, exclaim, intreat; also scream or shriek in some cases) in the Temple (Church?) as he taught (was preaching?)… Do you have a problem with the preacher exclaiming or shouting while he is teaching? Certainly you would have a problem with Jesus being the guest minister at your church! See also Jn 7:37-38 and 12:44-50. He cried with a loud (Greek word Megas or “Mega”) voice when He raised Lazarus from the dead, as well. Obviously God doesn’t have a problem with shouting. Do you want the rocks to cry out, because you won’t? (Lk 19:28-40) In fact, you won’t like Heaven if you don’t like shouting; Because there is a whole lot of it going on (Rev 5:11-14).
Shouting intimidates the enemy. Ever heard of a silent “Charrrrge!”? A quiet battle? Of course not. Shouting also encourages your brother. Even if I am scared, if the guy standing on my left and my right is shouting for victory; then I will be encouraged! Shouting over rides your mind. If soldiers think too much about what they have to lose before going into battle, they will either run away, freeze, or get themselves or others killed. A mighty shout will drowned out your carnal mind and five senses - and you will simply “do”. There are so many applications to make to our Christian walk right here, but I don’t have space to explain in detail. I pray you make the connection.
Obviously, things should be done decently and in order in the church service. There is a time and place for shouting, and a time not to. I would strongly encourage you to find a fairly sound proof place (a closet, middle of a field, in your car on the way to work, etc.), and take a few minutes on a regular basis to shout praises! Shout victory! Shout the promises of God! Shout who you are in Christ! Shout love and affection to Jesus! I am telling you, it is medicinal! It is therapeutic! It releases things spiritually and physically. Do it, and you will see what I mean. Shouts of joy and praise to God is down-right healthy! Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!