February 25, 2021

The Power of a Shout


When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.

Joshua 6:5 NLT


There is a power in the shout!

Imagine the pent-up emotions of walking around the city of Jericho for seven days. Once a day for six days and seven times on day seven, you walk, and you aren’t allowed to say anything. Then, on the completion of the seventh lap of the seventh day, you hear the long blast on the ram’s horn—that’s the signal to shout. All the tension that has been bottled up on the inside comes out as you shout with all your might. Maybe the first moment wasn’t your best shout. But as you hear others shouting, you begin to give it all you got.

Special note, they shouted before the walls came down, not after. It is easy to shout when your team scores the winning points. But can you shout before the victory is seen in the physical realm?

There is power in the shout. Sometimes, we need to release the tension inside of us. We need to vocalize our frustration and fear. We need to give out a shout.

I’m not talking about an angry shout at a person. I’m talking about a shout of victory—a shout that declares life and hope. There is something freeing about a vocal declaration.

I know there are times to be quiet and reverent before God. But I believe it is okay to have moments when we worship with a shout to the Lord—a shout of victory.

Try it sometime. You might be surprised at the release.


Holy Spirit, please help me to be open to give a shout of victory—even to give a victory shout before my walls come down.

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