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Shout It From The Roof Top – by Benny Shobo

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We do not give enough praise to God for all the wonderful things that He does and has done for us. Everyday, we are blessed by God in many ways and He deserves all the glory for His loving kindness to us. Many times, when we pray and God grants us our petitions, we seldom remember to give Him thanks and sing His praises to the people around us. It is crucial that we shout out God’s praises because firstly, He deserves it and secondly because our testimonies will encourage others to know the God that we serve. Psalms 100:1-5 tells us, “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! 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. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations”.

When we receive gifts from our loved ones, we are quick to sing their praises and commend them for their benevolence. However, sometimes we get so overly familiar with God and the things that He blesses us with, that we neglect to shout out praises to Him for His kindness. The bible reminds us that God inhabits in the praises of His people because just like us, He too wants to be commended and appreciated for His numerous blessings and goodness in our lives. To shout out the praises of God, is to tell of His goodness and power joyfully, with  confidence. When we shout out the faithfulness of God, we are literally testifying of God’s love, power, mercy, goodness, glory etc. As children of God, we are His mouthpiece to our generations, and if we are not testifying of his goodness and awesome power, how do we expect to win souls for the Kingdom of God, and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively.

One man who shouted out the praises of Jesus so perfectly, was the blind man from birth, who Jesus healed. After the man got his sight, the bible tells us that he would not keep silent but continued to shout out praises to God. Even when the Pharisees tried to intimidate him to shut him up, the man bluntly refused to not give glory to Jesus and testify of God’s goodness to him. John 9:1-34. In verse 26-34, we can clearly see how the man went on to testify of his healing– “Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?” Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out”.

Another person in the bible who testified boldly about the goodness and faithfulness of God, was David. In 2 Samuel 6:14-15, we see how David shouted out praises to God through his dancing before everyone. “And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. So, David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns”. David could care less about what anyone thought of him while he danced before God as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David. Especially this day and age, we are too conscious about people’s opinion, and as a result, we deter ourselves from publicly testifying of God’s goodness. It ought not to be this way because if we do not shout out praises to God as His beloved children, who else should we really praise.

What happens when we shout out praises to God?

  • God is very pleased with us: Luke 3:22, “And the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased”.
  • God is inclined to bless us more: Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace”.
  • God will keep and protect us: 2 Thessalonians 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one”.
  • God will perfect all that concerns us: Psalms 138:8, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: thy mercy, O Lord, endures for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands”.
  • God will use us more to carry out His will: Exodus 3:12, “God answered, “I will be with you, and when you bring the people out of Egypt, you will worship me on this mountain. That will be the proof that I have sent you”.

How do we shout out praises to God?

  • By sharing our testimonies with both believers and non-believers: Acts 28:31, “Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.
  • By boldly acknowledging that we are Christians: Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”.
  • Through prayer, praise, worship and dancing unto the Lord: Psalms 149:3, “Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp”.
  • By acting the way Jesus would expect us to: Ephesians 5:1-2. “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour”.
  • Through doing good deeds: Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”.

As children of God, we should not feel uncomfortable and ashamed when it comes to anything that renders praise and gives glory to the Most High God. God is ever so gracious, loving and kind to all, therefore it is our duty to magnify His name and goodness wherever we go. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”. All that we have and will ever have, comes from our gracious Father God, and it is His will that in everything we should thank, praise and give glory to Him.

Praise God!

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