Psalm 66:1-2 Shouts Of Joy And Praise

Cheering crowd

Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Psalm 66:1-2 

When something exciting has happened or is happening, people shout for joy. They are excited about what is going on and want everyone around to know it. In the process of the excitement, people will drop all inhibitions and go crazy with their excitement.

One area that people get excited about is when watching a sport. When their favorite team makes a winning score against a large, difficult team or in a challenging game, they shout for joy. People will jump up and down in excitement, screaming and hollering for joy at what had occurred.

Shouting for joy at a winning score in a game, is only temporary and has no real value in the larger scheme of life. Yet, the joy is there for a moment.

The writer of this psalm tells the people to shout for joy to God and to give Him praise.

God is always doing great things in a life of a believer. However, many believers are quiet about it. They might tell a few friends, but not very loudly and not enough for the world to hear.

Every day God is showing a believer new mercies. Every day God is showing His grace. Every day God is working in the life of a believer. These are just a few reasons to shout for joy.

The world needs to know what God is doing. They need to know that one is excited about God and what God is doing or has done in his life. This does not have to be quiet in a corner or only inside the church service.

Shouting for joy to God needs to be done in the open for all the world to hear.

Take a moment to think about all the great things God has done in your life. Think about what He has saved you from. These are some reasons to shout for joy.

Now go out and shout for joy. Let the world know what God has done and is doing in your life. This will encourage other believers in being His witness and it can be a great witness to those who do not know God, yet.

Be excited about God to the point that everyone will know it and get excited with you. Go out and shout some praise to God today!

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know how great God is; that you will shout praises to God; that your joy in God will be evident to all around you; and that you will praise God at all times.

Joshua 6:16 Removing Walls

The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the  LORD has given you the city!” Joshua 6:16

The Israelites had crossed the Jordan River and were in the land of Canaan. The first city they came to was Jericho. God had a new way for them to take this city. They were to march around one time each day for seven days without saying or doing anything else. On the seventh day they were to march around seven times, then shout to the Lord. As they shouted to the Lord, the walls of the city came crashing down and they were able to take the city.

The city of Jericho had walls that were thick enough for chariots to race on the top. They were tall and very strong. It appeared that no one could get through them easily.

Throughout your life you will go through different situations that seem very large and difficult. It will appear that there is no way through the situation and that you are now finished.

Yet, God is there in front of you. He knows the situation and is ready for it. There will be times when you have to do a lot of praying and action for God to remove the situation. Other times God may want you to be silent, trust Him and give Him praise for what He is about to do.

As the Israelites were walking around the city, they had to be silent. As you are facing a great wall in your life, this may be a time when you need to reflect on what God has done in the past and what He can do for you in the future.

When it is time for that wall to come down, you must shout out praise and worship to God for who He is and what He can and will do. Allow God to remove that wall in your life. Do not try to do it on your own.

As you allow God to remove it, do not forget to praise Him. Let the world know that it is God who is doing it. Shout it out loud for all the world to know.

I pray today that God will remove the walls in your life; that you will shout praise to God for the world to hear; that everyone will know God removed the wall in your life; and that you will trust God to go before you.