AFRICAN RELIGION SHOUTING

The Bible recognizes two major causes for shouting.

The Bible recognizes two major causes for shouting. When Joshua and Moses returned to the camp in Exodus 32, Joshua thought he heard a noise of war in the camp (v.17-18). However, Moses told him that is was rather the noise of them that sing that he heard. That is, instead of shouts of war, they were hearing shouts of joy. But this passage shows us something else as well. Not only are there two main reasons for shouting, there are also a good side and a bad side to each kind of shout. In Exodus 32:18 , Moses declared, "It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome." Here we see that a shout of war may come from the victors or from the conquered. But the passage also shows us that shouts of joy can be good or bad. Here, the people were shouting because they had just turned from God and were worshipping false gods. Their joy was certainly misplaced.

Psalm 132:9 states, "Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy

The mention of the priests puts the verse in context of Old Testament Israelite worship


For instance, Psalm 132:9 states, "Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy." The mention of the priests puts the verse in context of Old Testament Israelite worship. Technically, the shout is never mentioned in reference to the worship of the New Testament church; though singing (Colossians 3:16 ) and the saying of Amen (1Corinthians 14:16 ) are mentioned. In fact, shouting is only mentioned two times in the New Testament. The first time, it refers to the Jews exalting Herod and calling his voice the voice of a god (Acts 12:22 ). Herod paid dearly for accepting this false praise. In the other verse, the Lord returns from heaven with a shout (1Thessalonians 4:16 ). This is certainly the shout of the battlefield (compare the shouts of the people in the taking of Jericho - Joshua 6:5 , 10, 16, 20).