“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!” (Ps 100:1).
The “shout” is what we are supposed to do and the word “joyful” is an adjective describing what our shout is to be like – “boisterous.”
Sometimes the word “shout” can be translated “making a loud noise.” That may seem strange, because rarely do you hear people just shouting in the middle of their singing – unless you have heard a recording of the late Keith Green or attending a T4G conference with Bob Kauflin leading music.
This “joyful shout” is not just one with a smile on your face or in your heart. This refers to a boisterous or loud shout that communicates homage and loyalty.
In I Samuel 10, when Saul was crowned king, we read,
“So they ran and brought him from there; and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen, that there is no one like him among all the people?” So all the people shouted and said, ‘Long live the king!’” (I Sam 10:23-24).
This was not some soft, quiet somber celebration. It was lively and energetic.
There was never a negotiation about whether or not you would cheer your king (e.g., a President’s inauguration). It was never soft or quiet or reserved. Why shouldn’t it be any different we worship our King?
The psalmist is not content to keep this worship private. Because everything was created to glorify Him, he is asking everyone to imply do what they were created to do.
Shouting joyfully means more than just shouting in the middle of song. In most cases, it would actually include just verbally proclaiming God’s kingship every chance you get.
It is not being reserved when you have the opportunity to tell people who rule the universe.
You might even say this would include our personal evangelism. Faithful evangelists are those people who don’t cringe when opportunities arise to defend God, His doings and His sovereignty. People who shout joyfully are enthused to give an explanation for why things are the way they are and how man should respond.
Do you do this? Or are you more apt to hearing people trying to solve the world’s problems and wonder why things have gotten so bad and you just turn around and walk the other direction because you don’t want people to hear about your crazy religion? Someone who shouts joyfully walks into those conversations with boldness and proclaims, “Long live the king.”