Here is a sermon my Dad, Jerry Trammell preached at his church, First Assembly of God, Dumas Texas on October 27th, 2004.
I read the story not to long ago about a little boy who used to ride his bike down the streets of his neighborhood shouting and hollering. He would holler out and shout greetings to his little friends while riding his bike. He would play cowboys and indians while riding his bike, shouting, and screaming at the top of his lungs. He got so loud that he began to kind of get on the nerves of some of the elderly and his neighbors. Finally an old man stopped him one day and asked him, “Young man, why are you always hollering and shouting all the time?” The young bold replied, “No reason, I just like to holler.”
Well, there’s a lot of people who are kind of like that little boy was. They go to some sporting even and they get all excited and begin to scream, holler, and shout for their team to win. But you know those sporting events don’t last very long, and are really of no importance in the eternal scheme of life here on earth. Yet things that are of significance, things that are worth us getting excited about just kind of comes and goes without us making to much of them. For a few moments I want to preach from the subject, “Something to shout about.”
According to my text, the awesomeness of God is something that we can get excited about and shout over.
Notice what the text says, Oh, clap your hands all you peoples! Shout to God with a voice of triumph! For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
The world may not recognize Him as their King; they may not even acknowledge that He exists. But friend, that does not change the fact that He is the Most High and that He is awesome. But what does awesome mean? According to the dictionary, it means, “Awe inspiring.” But you know that doesn’t seem to tell me much, so I began to look up some synonyms that might shed light on the meaning of the word. Synonyms for awesome are, “Splendid, wonderful, marvelous, extraordinary, brilliant, excellent, fabulous, fantastic, mind-blowing, stupendous, superb, terrific.” Church, He is all these things and so much more. He is our Savior and Lord, and oh what a good Lord He is, Oh church that’s something to shout about. When we are sick, He is our healer. When we are in need, He is our provider. When we are grieving, He is our comforter. Is it any wonder that Isaiah called Him Wonderful.
We have something to shout about because we can live and abide in His presence.
And according to the Psalmist, In His presence is fullness of joy. No wonder David got so beside himself when taking the Ark of the Covenant back into the city to its rightful resting place. The Ark in the symbolic presence of God. But what David experienced while taking the Ark of the Covenant back into the city was more than a symbol. It was the real thing that David was rejoicin in. 2 Samuel 6:14 – David danced before the Lord with all his might. Oh, Church, don’t we have just as much reason as David did, to leap and dance, and whirl, and shout before the Lord?
Sometimes we allow the negative things around us to cause us to forget about the wonderful presence of the Lord that manifests himself in every service. 16 times in the book of Psalms we have been admonished to shout to the Lord. We are to shout to him, not because of what He has done for us, or how He has blessed us; we are to shout to him solely on the basis of who He is. Psalm 98:4-6 – Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm, with trumpets and the sound of a horn; shout joyfully before the Lord, the King. Don’t allow the negative things that we come in contact with get our focus off of who He is, and what He is worthy of.
Sometimes we let the failings of people get to us. We get so upset and uptight about others not doing as they should, that it causes us not to do as we should. And that is to rejoice continually in the Lord for who He is. Instead of letting the failure of others rob us of our joy in the Lord we should be doing what the psalmist admonished us to do. Psalm 100:104 – Make a joyful shout to the Lord…Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. And according to the Psalmist we are to Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
So instead of being tempted to complain about all the things that we don’t think is right, why not begin shouting and rejoicing because He comes to meet with us, to dwell in the midst of us. Isaiah 12:6 – Shout aloud and sing for joy…for great is the Holy One of Israel who is in the midst of you.