The Theology of Shout
Many times, as we express our faith, we just need to shout. Shout in praise, shout for joy, and shout about God’s faithfulness when we’ve extended ourselves to believe and obey, in faith. I call it the theology of shout.
Scripture gives us some vivid pictures of this:
First we just need to read Joshua 6:15–16, “But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: ‘Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!’”
God gave Joshua some crazy instructions—take on the biggest city by marching around it, then, when I tell you, shout. And, verse 20 tells us, “The people shouted.” What happened? The walls fell down.
Do you have some walls that need to fall down? Shout to the Lord!
2 Samuel 6:15 says, “So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.” David dances in the streets as the ark of God is restored to the people. God was glorified because now, the Lord of Hosts was back in the midst of His people again.
Restoration and a deep feeling of God’s presence can come when we shout to Him in prayer, repentance, and confession. Do you need renewal? Shout to the Lord!
Psalm 47:1 says, “Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!”
Are you grateful to God for what He has done in and through your life? Shout to the Lord!
In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Paul wrote “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”
Are you seeing things around you that don’t make sense? Are you confused and fearful by what’s going on in our country and our world? You do not need to fear—the Lord will come with a shout! Yes, the Lord Himself will come with a shout. Now, that’s shout theology gone full circle.
Friends let’s live by shouting with gratitude, a heart of worship and an eye looking to eternity for Jesus. Let’s live in full faith and in bursting expectation and never be quiet about what Jesus Christ has done for us. Shout to the Lord!