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There is such a powerful energy as everyone cheers on their favorite team. The intensity rises as they player moves and performs. In Hebrews 11:1 we see this same arena – the kingdom of heaven is cheering you on, affirming your obedience to Christ and steps of faith! The angels and saints of God are shouting with excitement in the faithfulness of God, speaking strength, coaching us not to quit. Learning to hear these shouts are the key to encouragement. Just as a coach would “talk straight” and remind you of who you are; what the objective is, with lots of encouragement. The Lord speaks the same defining our true identity and giving hope. How and what we hear determines how we will think and act.
In Number 23:21 – “The Lord their God is with them;the shout of the King is among them”. When thinking of a king – they have position, power and privilege. As servants are summoned to the king they submit to his Lordship and instruction and decrees are given. Imagine Christ as the King of Kings what he decrees over you! Zephaniah 3:17 says “that he sings over you as he is quietly resting in His love”. The King looks at you with favor and he gives you His own authority. As objects of His love – He enjoys us! You now come in His name, and are commissioned representing HIM, with all His rights, privileges and power. Privilege is bestowed, not because you have earned it, but because the King wants to give it. He shouts over you in favor.
Mephibosheth is another example of the “Kings Shout” in 1 Samuel 9. This young man was dropped as a baby and he was lame on both feet. He was crippled and was greatly impaired. David (The King) wanted to show kindness to the house of Saul because of his beloved friend Jonathan. Mephibosheth summoned by the king expected the worst, not knowing the heart of his king. His own shout was that of worthlessness and insignificance. Mephibosheth was not hearing the shout of the King but was blinded by himself. To his surprise, King David promotes him and “shouts over” him, declaring him a son with all the rights and privileges, to sit at his table forever. Bewildered, Mephibosheth doesn’t understand this shout of the King, he was expecting wrath. He learns grace and becomes Davids loyal friend for years to come.
Hearing this shout created a new identity and a new life. In Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing!Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”. He is our King declaring those things which are not yet seen as evidence now. In time we grow into what He sees already! What a way to relate to yourself, as the King sees you. Hear the “shout of the King” over you today – He is shouting wisdom, life, truth, peace, love and so much more in Philippians 4:8. Tune in to the right shout – God is for you !