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A Festal Shout

June 22, 2020

“Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.” Psalm 89:15

Day 99!

Torsten is loud. Like, really loud. Our working theory is that it’s a youngest-child thing; that in a family of five he knows he needs to be loud to make himself heard. Or maybe it’s because we named him after the Norse god of thunder. His loud personality, accompanied by his loud voice, is part of what makes him who he is, and we love him for it. He’s a happy kid. But goodness, he’s loud.

A joyous yell can be good for the soul. It releases joy into the world. In our psalm for this coming Sunday, the psalmist encourages the faithful to give a festal shout. Now, this wasn’t just an ordinary scream. Neither was it simply the happy cry of a fan whose favorite team has just brought home the title. This is a deep, faithful shout of joy that emerges when one walks in the light of the Lord’s face.

The psalmist is almost certainly remembering the conquest of Jericho when, after the trumpets sounded, the people screamed and the walls fell down. They were home, finally, in the land the Lord had preserved for them. What better reason to lift a cry of joy?

Our God is still in the business of knocking down walls and breaking through barriers. Let’s join in. The work may be hard but it need not be dreary. Get loud! Raise your voices in joy, praising God and advocating for the oppressed. Alleluia!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of victory, you have defeated sin and death through Jesus Christ. The stone is rolled away and the walls now tumble down. Help us to live joyfully in your light, and to live loudly for the sake of those around us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Torsten the Packer fan. He even looks loud.

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