Something to Shout About
Shout for joy. Psalm 33:3 (NIV)
I'm a huge fan of football. Living in Ft. Lauderdale, I'm only thirty minutes from the Miami Dolphins stadium. I've gone to many games over the years, and every time I go there's countless fans dressed up and painted up in the team colors, shouting at the top of their lungs every time the Dolphins score. When the Dolphins win, what a noise! Everyone is screaming!
Then we come into church. We acknowledge Jesus as our Savior, we confess how He has has secured for us a place in heaven (which the Bible describes as a place where there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain) and we're completely quiet. The silence is only broken with a brief head nod and a quick "Amen" under our breath.
May it never be so! May we find ourselves so amazed and in awe of our Savior that we shout our praise, cry "Hallelujah and Amen," and in every way surpass the enthusiasm found in a football stadium!
During Jesus' triumphal entry, the Gospel of Luke says the disciples were praising God "in loud voices." The Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke His disciples, but instead He responded: "I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out" (Luke 19:40).
Don't let the stones and the football fans do all the shouting. Shout for joy in the Lord—yes, even in worship!
-Pastor Clay Hecocks
Worship Pastor Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)
Consistency breeds security. If you're an employer, you take comfort in knowing that you have consistent employees working for you. If your car needs to be fixed, you're going to take it to a mechanic who has consistently performed well. And if you're a coach, you'll probably draw up a play at the end of a tight game that puts the ball in the hands of your best and most consistent player.