Shout for joy. Psalm 33:3 (NIV)
I love sports, not so much a fan of football, baseball or basketball but a big fan of NASCAR. I've gone to many races over the years, and every time I go there are thousands of fans dressed up and painted up in their favorite driver’s team colors, shouting at the top of their lungs every time he passes another car. When he wins, what a noise! Everyone is screaming!
Then we as followers of Jesus come into church we acknowledge Jesus as our Savior, we confess how He 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 at a football stadium, baseball field, basketball court or a race track!
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).
Lets’ not let the stones and the sports fans do all the shouting, Go to church and shout for joy in the Lord—yes, I say SHOUT FOR THE LORD ALL YE PEOPLE SHOUT TO THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS, FOR HE IS GOOD!
As Easter is getting near lets’ not forget that Jesus died on the Old Rugged Cross for our sins to be forgiven and washed away forever so we can have eternal life, WOW how exciting!. Now that’s something to SHOUT about; HALLELUJAH