New Places in Praise :: Week 2 :: Shout to the Lord

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Hi! Welcome back to New Places in Praise.  I hope you are having a great week so far.  Did you enjoy praising Him with your hands up last week!  Woo hoo!  I know I did.  Let’s do it again real quick.

{momentary pause for praisin’}

Aaah. Did you feel it? His presence is so real and tangible.  He is always right there.  When we take a moment to turn our gaze toward Him, we recognize His presence all around and inside.

This week we are going to praise Him with a shout!  I’m sure you’ve probably heard the song “Shout to the Lord” at some point, at least if you were listening to praise music in the mid 1990’s.  (Wow! Has it been that long?)  You may have sung the song, but have you11187103_1443474285947599_975731478_n ever tried actually shouting to the Lord?

Here is a good shoutin’ scripture (I am from the South, ya know), in case you’re not sold on it yet.

Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! – Psalm 32:11a NLT 

That’s you–the one whose heart is pure. You are pure not by your own good behavior but by the blood that Jesus shed on the cross!  He has made you pure.  Let’s shout for joy! He has done it!

How about another one:

I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me. – Psalm 71:23 NLT

He has paid your ransom.  You had been held hostage by sin and guilt, but Jesus paid for you with a perfect sacrifice.  He bought you and set you free.  Let’s shout for joy! Hallelujah! He was the perfect sacrifice for me and you.

And yet another:

With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God. – Psalm 84:2a NLT

With everything inside of me, my whole heart, I will shout!  I will shout joyfully because He is alive.  He lives in me!  His life brings life to every part of my being as I shout for joy.

 So, let’s shout to Him together! Now, in your real life, this might not be the best time to shout.  Baby might be napping, etc.  So, do it now, or do it when it’s a good time.  Just do it!

There’s something about a shout of joy that absolutely changes the atmosphere in a place.  Just like the walls of Jericho fell with a shout in Joshua’s day, you can expect spiritual walls to fall as you lift up a shout to the Lord!

Note: In my real life, I have had computer glitch after computer glitch this week (and last).  I wanted to have a video for this week. That’s actually why I didn’t post this on Monday, in hopes that I could get the computer to cooperate.  But here we are.  It’s Wednesday night, and still no video.  {sad face}  If I get the video going I plan on editing this post to include it! Lesson learned: Do not begin a video series until you have at least a few of the videos already completed! I’m glad God loves me even when I’m not perfect. Whew!

Week Two Challenges:

Challenge #1: Shout joyfully in praise to Him this week.  You’ll feel the atmosphere change when you do!

Challenge #2 (for moms with kids): Let your kids shout to the Lord with you.  Kids don’t mind being loud, do they?  And this time, they actually have permission to use their outside voices inside the house!  You might try

  • Working it in before a meal (instead of a traditional prayer). Or…
  • When they are especially whiny.  You know, surprise them with a change of pace.  It might just break them out of their whiny-ness. Or…
  • Shout something specific together, like “Hallelujah!” or “Praise the Lord!” or “Thank you, Jesus!”
  • Whatever approach you can think of! Be spontaneous.

Week Two Activation Prayer: 

Father, here we are.  I’m so glad that You meet us when we praise!  I pray that as we shout to You in praise that walls will begin to fall!  I pray that you’ll take us to a new place in your presence as we shout with joy.  God, let us shout with our whole heart!  God, thank you for making my heart pure.  Thank you for paying my ransom.  When I think about it, it makes me want to shout for joy!  I pray that as I shout to You, by Your grace You will cause my whole being, my body and my soul to praise You without restraint.  Thank You, Jesus!

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Tasha

Tasha Medellin is a head-over-heels-in-love wife and not-so-perfect mother of three who loves spending time outdoors, curling up with a good book, and simply basking in the riches of God's glorious grace.

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