What makes you more excited: the Word of God or a football touchdown? Why are people going crazy in the stadium but sitting flat and bored in church? Shouldn’t Jesus, the One who gives us life, purpose, and salvation get the biggest cheers we can rally?
Shouldn’t Jesus, the One who gives us life, purpose, and salvation get the biggest cheers we can rally?
The word “shout” appears all through the Bible. It’s mentioned so many times because God wants us to shout His praise with our lives. It’s time for the church to give up its quiet demeanor and start shouting its declaration of God’s goodness at a whole new level.
“Shout” can mean:
- To sound an alarm to the enemy
We are taking back what the devil has stolen: our relationships, our schools, the lost
- To proclaim jubilee – or PARTY!
People look to get high on drugs, money, sports, relationships, etc., but we have the most High God, above everything else. And He doesn’t give us a hangover, but an eternity!
Pastor Russell related an experience he had during the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The 400m women’s race was just about to begin as Russell’s international flight arrived at the Adelaide airport. An Australian named Cathy Freeman was set to run the race. This was a big deal because Australians don’t usually medal in track, but Cathy Freeman was an exceptional sprinter with hopes of winning gold. As soon as Pastor Russell deplaned, he bypassed the baggage claim and made his way straight to the TV monitor where 300-500 people were gathered in anticipation. When she crossed the finish line in first place, the joy of the gathered crowd was intense and overwhelming. Strangers of all ages and backgrounds were jumping together, hugging and kissing! Cathy Freeman didn’t know any of these people and they didn’t know her. She was far away in another city and couldn’t hear their praise.
But there is a God in heaven that knows us intimately and does hear us when we get passionate for Him and declare our praise. He can show up to any event or situation and change it for glory, turning a funeral into a party. If we really believe in Him, then we are called to change the atmosphere of our city! The reason we are fasting is to make a difference in San Diego and to encounter the glory of God. We are called to shout with our lives!
We pray that God’s kingdom will be on earth as it is in heaven. This means that we must live our lives as a representation of God’s kingdom on earth.
And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook. Now when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the sound of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the Lord had come into the camp. 1 Samuel 4:5-6
The people of Israel were planetshakers. The sounds coming from their camp declared the Lord’s presence. Where God’s presence is, there is life, liberty, and noise! Noise means life and the movement of God. The world was created through God’s speech. Words give life to our thoughts as we speak blessing over our children, our careers, our cities.
We can shout God’s goodness with our lives and make a statement to the world.
We have to let go of our worries about what other people think, because God’s presence gives us freedom. We can dance, sing and shout to lay the foundation of God’s kingdom in our city. We can shout God’s goodness with our lives and make a statement to the world.
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, for His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then 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 3:11
Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. Psalm 33:3
We should be the most joyful people in the world because we have the Spirit of the Living God living in us!
People of the world rely on circumstances to dictate their happiness. The presence of absence of relationships, advancement, or possessions can fuel their joy or steal it away. But Christians aren’t dictated by our environment. We can have joy even in tough times, knowing that the God in us is greater than the enemy in the world (1 John 4:4).
With what can I shout a declaration of God’s goodness and Jesus’ life?
- My time – my work and my hobbies
- My finances - What you give says a lot about what you believe. Let’s sow into God’s kingdom!
- My energy – We should come to the house of the Lord with more energy and enthusiasm than we have on the sporting field of our favorite team!
- My attitude
- My encouragement
- My forgiveness
Let us be the church that makes a declaration over San Diego. There are millions of people to win as the Rock Church shouts with our whole lives that Jesus is Lord!