We have all commonly heard the preacher make the declaration “shout with a voice of triumph.” Often it is one of the most used phrases from the pulpit and very few understand the power of the phrase. It is more than just a vocalization that we make to hype and create atmosphere for a service. It is a meaning backed by a powerful concept in the Word of God.
The root word from which we get “triumph” is used for the first time in the book of Leviticus as the word “shouted.” The meaning of the word connects to “jubilation.” When we find it’s usage in Leviticus it is when the congregation of Israel stands with fixated attention at the altar of burnt offering. The people were waiting on whether or not God would accept the sacrifice. The moment fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice the people shouted and fell to their faces and worshipped.
It was a shout of triumph at the life they had been given through the acceptance of the sacrificial animal.
Psa 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Psa 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Psa 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Psa 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Psa 150:5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Psa 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
There is one primary thing in the 150th Psalm that all things share in common and that is noise! Notice the last verse of 150. Let everything that hath breathe. Noise is a privilege of the living! The dead make no noise nor have the ability to speak.
Therefore to “shout with a voice of triumph” is to present the sound of the living! It is the responsibility of the Church to make some noise because those who were dead in trespasses were quickened! We were made alive through the reception of the sacrifice of a spotless lamb on the altar called the cross.
When we come together we MUST make noise in praise! Dead church is boring and quiet. Noise is the privilege of the living! If you are alive in Christ you ought to make some noise.