Shout for Joy

We stood at the edge of the water under a clear starlit sky and the dull orange glow of pretty street lamps that surrounded the park. Light flickered across the surface of the lake. There was a warm wind and all of God’s glory seemed to hover like a mist, filling our lungs with heavy awe. He was present (he always is) and we lifted our voices, shaky at first, then more loudly with each breath.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.”

I was only 20 years old at the time. Revival was springing up out of my broken heart like a geyser. It was a pivotal period of time during my life in terms of faith and my enthusiasm was contagious. I led a freshman women’s bible study and the girls in my group hesitated to recite that Psalm to the heavens at first, but soon realized, as I had already, that the Word of God is powerful when spoken aloud. It changes you. Things you desperately wish to believe shake you to the core when whispered, alter your life when joyfully proclaimed. Our thoughts may or may not make it to the depths of our hearts, but the lips send arrows that never miss. For this reason there are some things we’ll never repeat aloud, but for this same reason, worship was never meant to be a silent affair.

Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!

From Psalm 66

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