Shout To The Lord

Sunday July 25, 2021

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

t is interesting that two polar opposite emotions; anger and joy, often receive the same reaction -- shouting! When you are upset and mad, the decibels in your voice intensify, and you shout. You shout because you want others to know that you have great consternation about something and you want to be heard. Likewise, when joyous and wonderful things happen, your voice projection greatly increases as well and you are shouting loudly for happiness. You want others to know that you are truly elated about some invigorating event. Today, is “shout’n time.” I want you to fulfill your Biblical mandate and “Shout joyfully to the Lord.” Psalm 100 is a song, a hymn of acknowledging God’s goodness and grace within your life. It is a time to praise God with exhilarating and exuberant shouting. The psalmist exhorted the congregation and all the earth to serve the Lord with gladness, because He is the Creator. They were to enter His temple with much thanksgiving, because He is good and faithful. He gives a clarion call to “shout joyfully” and provides the rationale for one’s thanksgiving. This mandate is still active and necessary for the 21st century church.