It’s Time To Shout
Psalms 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Intro: Let me just say this – it is biblical for the people of God to shout every once in a while!
There is reason on earth why God’s people and our churches have to be dead and silent!
You might say – shouting makes me nervous. Listen – this is the quietest world you’ll ever live in!
If you die and go to hell, there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
If you die and go to heaven, there will be rejoicing and singing and praising for the rest of eternity!
I hate a quiet, dead church service.
I can’t stand to be around a Christian that acts like they are at a wake all the time.
The Christian life is the greatest life.
Our God is the best God.
It is OK to shout every now and then!
Notice how many times the Psalmists exhorts the people of God to lift up their voices and shout.
- Psalms 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
- Psalms 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
- Psalms 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
- Psalms 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
- Psalms 65:13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.
- Psalms 132:9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
- Psalms 132:16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
I. Because we are Invading Enemy Territory
- Joshua 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
- Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
They didn’t shout AFTER the battle: they shouted before the battle!
There were giants. There were walls. There were battles. There was unclaimed territory.
But God had promised it to them, and they shouted GOING IN!!!
The walls came down because thy all together shouted with a great shout.
Joshua led them to shout for the Lord had given us the city.
Let me tell you something tonight – God has given us Dundalk.
God has empowered us, and God has told us that this city is ours.
II. Because God’s Presence is With Us
- 1 Samuel 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.
- 6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp.
- 7 And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
In the Old Testament, the Children of Israel had the ark of the covenant which represented the presence and leadership of God.
In this passage, they lost that ark in the latter part of the chapter.
As New Testament Christians, we have the glorious benefit of His presence in our life.
We have the Holy Spirit – we have God dwelling within us.
- NOTE: Paul and Silas – Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
It is something to shout about that we have the presence of God in our midst.
III. Because we have a place to Worship God
- Ezra 3:11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.
- Ezra 3:12 But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:
- Ezra 3:13 So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off.
IV. Because the King is Coming
- Luke 19:37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
- 38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
- 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
- 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
- 2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
- Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;