“I cannot shout any louder. Eternal One—hear my cry and respond with Your grace.” Psalm 27:7 (The Voice)
Though there are times when it is appropriate to be still before the Lord, the weight of scriptures that talk about being loud before Him exceedingly abundantly outnumber them!
Every picture of heaven that is drawn by John in the Book of Revelation depicts loudness – from the thunder echoing from the throne (4:5), to the sound of millions upon millions of angel voices crying out “Worthy is the Lamb” (5:11-12), to the multitude of worshipers (7:9-10), to every living creature in heaven, on earth and under the earth simultaneously singing (5:13) and even the living creatures around the throne crying out nonstop, day and night, “holy, holy, holy…” (4:8). Even Jesus’ voice is described as the sound of rushing waters” (1:15). Throughout the Book of Revelation there are numerous, almost continuous accounts of angels shouting in loud voices (just check it out). There is exactly one scene in heaven when for 30 minutes it is absolutely silent (8:1). God likes it loud!
When the Holy Spirit came upon those waiting at Pentecost, He came into the room loudly, like the sound of a might violent wind. It was so loud that when all the God-fearing Jews staying in Jerusalem heard it they came to check out what was happening (Acts 2:1-6), the church was born and 3000 people became born again followers of Jesus. Even God’s voice is depicted as being quite loud, thundering over the mighty waters, of breaking the cedars, twisting the oaks, stripping the forests bare, and shaking the desert (Psalm 29:3-9).
And God wants us to be loud too! Consider some of these Psalms…
• “Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” (33:3 – ESV)
• “Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing His praises.” (66:8 – NLT)
• “Sing praises to God and to His name! Sing loud praises to Him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord— rejoice in His presence!” (68:4 – NLT)
• “Come on, everyone! Let’s sing for joy to the Lord! Let’s shout our loudest praises to our God who saved us!” (95:1 – TPT)
• “Come face-to-face with God, and give thanks; with loud and joyful voices, praise Him in songs.” (95:2 – The Voice)
• “A contemplative prayer of David while he hid in a cave. ‘I call out loudly to the Eternal One; I lift my voice to the Eternal begging for His favor.’” (140:1 – The Voice)
• “Praise Him with drums and dancing! Praise Him with loud clashing of cymbals! Praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbals!” (150:1-2 – TPT)
It is so clear that God likes it loud! Not only is heaven loud, but He desires us to be loud in our praying, praising, and worship. Yes, talking our church services should be loud, and so should our prayers, both personally and corporate! So, please stop being quiet and timid before the Lord!
If it applies, confess your timidity of shouting to or for the Lord. Ask God to break off of you any religious barriers that keep you quiet and restrained in your worship and prayer. Ask Him to release a new zeal within you to worship Him, and even shout His name, as you do at football games! Ask Him to tear down every religious obstacle that keeps people in your church quiet and contained. Ask Him to release the mighty thunderous roar of His people at your church. And ask Him to literally increase the volume and intensity of the worship and prayer in the Church across our city!