And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. – Acts 3:8
shout – utter a loud call or cry, typically as an expression of a strong emotion.
Let’s Go Indians!
Our home is located about one block from the Hazlehurst High School football field. During football season, the first five homes on the main street located behind the field have a clear backyard view of every game. The commentary box faces these homes giving them the full play by play experience without having to purchase any tickets.
Although we are not able to see the games from where we live, since the commentator’s box faces the direction of our house, it allows us in many cases to hear the action as well. We may not hear every game due to other activities or noises within the neighborhood, however when Hazlehurst scores, you can hear the commentator yell TOUCHDOWN HAZLEHURST, followed by shouting and screaming from the crowd.
Even if the announcing system is broken, when the Indians score a touchdown, it can be distinctively recognized by their shout. The shout does not necessarily mean that the team is winning, but it lets us know that they are a few points closer to their victory, and that gives them something to shout about.
Life Just Changed
I was at the emergency room with my wife one day and there was a gentleman there waiting to see a doctor. As we sat there he received a call, and me being nosy, I started listening. Sadly I was unable to piece together a conversation based on his responses to the other party. However, when he ended the call, he said hallelujah, life just changed.
This man evidently had been going thru some hard times, he obviously had some problems, but this call changed his life. Then he explained that he had just been chosen to be the senior chaplain of one of Jackson Mississippi’s largest hospitals, and that the position paid between $70,000 and $80,000 a year. This would change his financial situation and allow him to do what he loved. He had something to shout about.
When I was a little boy my mother took us to the store and one of our neighbors who was friends with my mother rode with us. On the way back home, instead of coming down highway 28 at the light, mom decided to keep straight thru the light. By the time we made it to Hodges store, we saw a man on a bike swerve out in the road, and was hit by a car.
My mother’s friend began to scream, “That looked like my husband JC!” but mom said, “No, that’s not JC”, she said “yes it is cause he had on that shirt.”
She began to cry, “oh Lord, what’s happened to my husband”. But when we got close to the accident, she saw it was someone else, and said “THANK GOD THAT WASN’T JC!” She had something to shout about.
Why Shout? Why Not?
Readers, there are many things in life that cause us to shout. There are many conditions of relief that can cause us to shout.
- Being debt free is something to shout about.
- Being cancer free is something to shout about.
- Being alcohol and drug free is something to shout about.
- Being free of an abusive husband is something to shout about.
If you have ever been in any of these situations you can relate to the shout of relief.
I have found that we shout for our winning team, our new jobs, or the release of a stressful situation all the time. But how much do we shout about being in the presence of the God who made those things possible?
It bothers me that He has done great things for us but we act as though there is nothing to shout about. It bothers me that we sit in the presence of an all wise and powerful God. One who sits high and looks low. The one who brought us out of all the mess we’ve been in. The one who tapped our shoulder, woke us up, and got us moving. He guided us thru Sunday mornings hung over drivers yet we sit, like He didn’t do anything.
Why do I shout? It’s because when I think about His goodness and what He’s done for me, I just can’t help but to shout! See when you’ve been in a valley situation, you can give Him all the praise that’s due to Him.
This man was lame from his mother’s womb. He had never walked in his life. Someone laid him at the door of the temple every day. But when Peter looked at him and said “I don’t have no money, but what I do have I’m willing to share it with you. In the name of Jesus, rise up and walk.” He didn’t casually walk into the temple, but the Bible says that he walked and leaped, praising the Lord.
I encourage you that have been brought out of your downtrodden situation to not forget to give praise to the one who brought you out. Don’t forget the bridge that brought you over. Don’t forget the light that hid the darkness. Don’t you forget that you too have SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT!