[SW253] 10/21/2016 message notes by
Reverend Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“A Shouting Church!”
[These notes are brief. There is so much more in the video of this message! The links are to the right of this post, on my blog.]
If the church doesn’t have a shout, the rocks will cry out! So, what does the church shout about?
Texts: Luke 19:37-40, Psalm 126
At first, I asked the Lord, “Why would the church not have a shout? Would it be religious persecution, or persecution from the world?”
And the Holy Spirit showed me there is NO REASON for the church not to have a shout!
What does the church shout about, then?
There are two shouts of rejoicing for the church! What are they? Why do they make us shout for joy?
Text. Psalm 126 and others as noted
Captives shout when —
They repent and He visits them and brings them back/reconciles them/gives them His favor again.
Then a SHOUT goes OUT!
Let me personalize this. When you come to faith in Christ, your past sins are forgiven, and you are reconciled to God and have His favor in your life.
So in the first shout —
Reconciled/receiving His favor!
The world sees and says, “The Lord has done great things.”
They say, “Yes, and we are filled with rejoicing and glee!”
Luke 17:11 — The healed leper who returns with a shout of joy!
Luke 19:37 — Shouting because of the miracles you have seen!
But what happened to Judah? Though they were reconciled and had God’s favor again, and were back in the Promised Land after 70 years of captivity in Babylon, they found the land hard, and they were still under the rule of their enemies, the Medo-Persians.
Personalizing it — Though you have been reconciled and now in a position of having God’s favor, the land is hard. You find yourself still struggling with sin, like the wretched man in Romans 7 (see verse 24). You find that you are still a slave to sin, and the Enemy has a hold on you.
What then? Do just as Judah did!
Stay and pray (Psalm 126: 4, Luke 24:49). Restore me fully, Lord!
Fill me like You fill the wadis (dry stream beds) after the dry season!” BUT remember, your own personal Pentecost means an unending fountain of living water (John 4:10, 14)!!!
And that is when you have the second shout!
The Lord answers your prayer and you become a filled stream-bed that never runs dry!
— Freedom from slavery to sin (John 8:31-36)
— Filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1Peter 1:8)
— HIS joy (John 15:11)
You went out weeping as you sowed, because you saw only a partial restoration. The land was hard. You struggled. The Enemy still had a hold on you.
BUT you returned rejoicing, because you asked to be filled like the wadis, and the Lord of the harvest filled you! And now you are able to be used by Him for His harvest!
And when you are filled
— You won’t be able to stop speaking (even when on trial, Acts 4:20)
— You will shout from the rooftops what He whispers (Mt. 10:27)
Are you silent? Then you are still a captive.
— First be reconciled and restored to God’s favor, through Christ’s work on the cross. It must be more than a mental assent to the reality of Jesus. You must experience His presence!
— Then stay and pray to be filled like the wadis after the dry season AND never run dry again! There will be a shout from you, an irrepressible shout that cannot be restrained, one that continues on, forever and ever!
Stay and pray! Beloved, you cannot go out without a shout!