“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,” Ps 100:1
This beautiful psalm of gratitude starts with a bang – literally a shout, a cheer, a blast of noise. This is the kind of sound that comes from a football stadium when the home team scores a goal; an eruption of shouts and cheers of joy! People are accustomed to shouting in celebration of their team or whooping and cheering for their favourite celebrities but surely, the loudest, most enthusiastic celebration should be reserved for our great God?! There are over 50 verses in the bible about shouting to the Lord. Here are some more examples:
- Shout joyfully to the Lord all the earth Psalm 98:4
- Clap your hands all you people. Shout to God with joy. Psalm 47:1
Throughout this lockdown, every Thursday at 8pm, we clap, cheer and bang pan lids to express our gratitude for the NHS - and quite rightly - but when did you last make a loud noise to show your gratitude for God?
Sadly, sometimes it’s easier to shout in anger than to shout in joy and gratitude. When did you last shout out with thankfulness to God? This week, let’s redress the balance!
Let’s shout for Him today. How wonderful it would be if “all the earth” would shout joyfully to Him. It’s quite incredible when everyone in the street joins in with the Thursday claps and cheers. Can you imagine your whole town joining in with a joyful shout to the Lord? What about the whole nation?! One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11) but in the meantime, why not open your windows this Sunday when the church live stream comes on and make a joyful noise when the worship starts.
• Learn Psalm 100:1. Why not SHOUT IT OUT where you are now?!
• Let’s make a noise for Jesus – why not stick on a favourite worship song and sing at the top of your voice and in the parts between verses, why not SHOUT for joy to the Lord - tell him how you love him, thank Him for what He has done and don’t just say it, SHOUT IT OUT!!