Terry R. Baughman
“Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:1–2).
A shout of victory rallies the depressed and lifts the spirits of the discouraged. When all seems dark and hope seems lost, everyone needs to hear good news. Good news is seldom whispered in secret or stifled into silence. Good news is proclaimed with jubilation and shouted with joy. Good news is meant to be shared and intended to be broadcast loudly to all who will listen.
“Hosanna,” was a joyful refrain to welcome the expected Messiah in His entry of triumph. A victorious king and a grand entrance was the procession of a returning conqueror and a reigning monarch, but when Jesus entered Jerusalem to a welcoming crowd it was a much more humble parade. Instead of a royal mount prancing with bundled energy, a sluggish young donkey bore the son of a carpenter on his back. Royal robes were replaced with a simple tunic. Palm branches and outer coats were cast before Him in this triumphant procession. The crowd shouted with zeal to announce His arrival, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 21:9).
Within days the religious leaders were plotting His death. They turned the tide of acclaim to accusation. When Jesus was arrested the shouts of jubilation turned to jeers of judgment and the crowd was swayed to call for His crucifixion. The shouts of triumph died and the Savior submitted to His sentence. When the stone sealed the entrance to the tomb their vision of victory and dreams of deliverance died with Him.
Three days later with leaden feet and somber expressions the women went to the tomb to mourn in grief when, much to their surprise, the stone was gone and the tomb was empty. Their concern for the missing Savior turned to astonishment when the angelic messenger proclaimed, “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said” (Matthew 28:6).
The return trip from the tomb was more rapid than the journey there earlier that day. Their gloom and despair turned to ecstasy and excitement. They ran to the disciples to breathlessly report the words they had heard.
What a difference a day makes! What a difference a resurrection effects. The scene is sung in the lyrics of Overcome, by Elevation Worship, “Now the silence breaks, In the name of Jesus; As the heavens cry let the earth respond. All creation shouts, With a voice of triumph; To declare the reign of the Lord our God.”
We have a reason to sing and a passion to proclaim the majesty of the risen King! Proclaim His reign with a voice of triumph!
To the Chief Musician there was a Psalm, “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name” (Psalm 66:1–4).
Shout out the good news, with a voice of triumph!
“Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54–57 NIV).