When was the last time you just yelled out loud with sheer, unfettered joy? 

Sometimes when I am sitting in church it is all I can do to keep quiet. I want to holler, “YAY GOD! You are so AWESOME! And then to my fellow Christians,”Hey guys, we are singing about GOD! You know, the One who is perfect and holy. The One who made the whole universe. Who made all the galaxies that we can’t even see from this little planet that He also made. The One who designed those dogwoods and azaleas, who wrote the bird’s songs. The person who charged the clouds with lightening, and created the giraffe, the ostrich, the platypus and me!”

Most of my adult life I have been a Presbyterian with short interludes into being a Baptist. I love worshiping with these generally calm folks and I am touched deeply by quiet, respectful worship. I would never do anything to disrupt that way of honoring God. But just once in a while shouldn’t we just rear back and let it go? I can’t think of anything else, in all the world, that is so exciting as our amazing God!

Scripture backs me up on this y’all.

“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King, over all the earth!”  —Psalm 47:1-2

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music…Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together with joy…  —Psalm 98:8

and more: Psalm 66:1, Psalm 95:1, Psalm 100:1, Isaiah 12:6, Isaiah 54:1 …

So today if you hear some hooting and hollering going on in Upstate South Carolina, don’t worry, it’s probably me. God is awesome! magnificiant! amazing! and I don’t think I can contain that in my little heart anymore!

You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy!”  —Isaiah 26:19

5 thoughts on “YAY GOD!

  1. Years ago I remember after a particularly great message on God’s love in church (our conservative church), I told our pastor, Danny, that if he kept preaching like that I’d have to leave. Why, says he. Because, says I, I would just have to stand up and shout Hallelujah. You should have! he shoots back! And he meant it.

    In all seriousness, looking back to that moment when I stayed seated and didn’t respond to the sense of worship I had inside to what Danny was saying about the love of Jesus for us I am sure I quenched the Spirit, and I have always regretted that. I remember I literally fought staying seated. I would have always been self-conscious had I stood up and shouted Hallelujah, but I would have obeyed the Spirit, and who knows how He would have used it.

  2. I agree 100%! We yell, scream, & go crazy @ football games, but barely make a peep in church. I’m a proud member of the “frozen chosen”, too, but just once in a while I wish we would let loose!

  3. I feel such gratitude when I experience God like that. I wish my little human heart had the capacity to hold that kind of joy all the time.
    I love you!

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