A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make His paths straight!” Matthew 3:3b (HCSB)

John the Baptist was a shouting voice in the desert. He was the “voice of one crying in the wilderness” (ESV). Another version calls him “a thunderous voice” (TPT)! Isaiah tells us that this voice says “in the desert make straight a highway for the LORD, raise up valleys, make low mountains, make level uneven ground and make into a plain rough places” (40:3-4). The result of this is the glory of God being revealed to all mankind (40:6). It is God’s promise that His glory will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). And His glory is released through us, His people! We are likewise called to be voices crying out, shouting in the wilderness of this world for our God.

You see, shouting shakes the atmosphere around us. As ones created in God’s image and likeness, our voice matters (Genesis 1:26-27). With our words we bless and we curse (James 3:5-10). With our tongue we speak life or we speak death (Proverbs 18:21). Our words can release healing or block it! With our voice we literally can impact the weather (Mark 4:39) just as Jesus’ did.

When Gideon’s army of 300 surrounded a much larger foe, they followed his lead, broke their jar and shouted (Judges 7:19-20). When the Israelites quietly traversed around Jericho for 7 days then finally with a shout the walls fell down, inwardly (Joshua 6:20). With a loud voice Jesus cried out for Lazarus to come out of his tomb (John 11:43), and at a later date from the cross with a loud voice He gave up His spirit (Matthew 27:50).

The shout of the LORD terrorizes His enemies (Psalm 2:5). And Jesus will return with a shout and a trumpet blast (1 Thessalonians 4:16). And we are told that The LORD advances like a warrior; He stirs up His zeal like a soldier. He shouts, He roars aloud, He prevails over His enemies” (Isaiah 42:13 – HCSB). Should we not, in faith, shout to and for the LORD?

Declare that you choose to join the Lord in His shout in this hour. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead you when and where to shout. Ask Him to anoint you and fill you when its time join the chorus of roaring followers of the Lion of the tribe of Judah!