Shout for joy. Psalm 33:3
I'm a huge fan of NASCAR as most of you know. My Dad raced go-carts and cars when I was a mere child. I was practically raised on the race tracks. I've gone to many races over the years, and every time I go there's countless fans dressed up in their favorite team colors, shouting at the top of their lungs every time their favorite driver races by.
Then we 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 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).
Don't let the stones and the NASCAR fans do all the shouting. Shout for joy in the Lord—yes, even at a NASCAR race!
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