Something to Shout About
Bible Excerpt from Joshua 6:1-16, 20
So when the people heard the trumpet blast, they shouted as loud as they could. And suddenly the walls of Jericho crumbled and fell before them, and the people of Israel poured into the city from every side and captured it!
Reflection by Kenneth L. Samuel
Very often, demonstrative acts of worship and emotional shouts of praise are eschewed and unappreciated in our circles of high liturgy. We place great value in the order of worship, and even greater value in the work and witness of the church outside of worship. However, notwithstanding the significance of worship liturgy and missions ministries, we should not overlook the powerful presence of God that is reflected in demonstrative, emotional, emphatic shouts of praise. God directed the children of Israel to shout before their victory was accomplished at Jericho. The people’s shout was a triumphant expression of their faith in God to bring down every wall that barred them from their blessedness. Such faith must not only be whispered; sometimes it must be shouted!
Gracious God, we thank you for giving us faith to shout about. May our overt praises as well as our inward meditations testify loudly to your powerful presence in our lives. Amen.
About the Author
Kenneth L. Samuel is Pastor of Victory for the World Church, United Church of Christ, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and the author of Solomon’s Success: Four Essential Keys to Leadership.
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