Shout to the Lord

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 66-67; Romans 7

66 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!
    Sing praises to the glory of God’s name!
        Make glorious his praise!
Say to God:
“How awesome are your works!

    Because of your great strength,
        your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth worships you,
    sings praises to you,
        sings praises to your name!” Selah

Come and see God’s deeds;
    his works for human beings are awesome:
He turned the sea into dry land
    so they could cross the river on foot.
        Right there we rejoiced in him!
God rules with power forever;
    keeps a good eye on the nations.
        So don’t let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

All you nations, bless our God!
    Let the sound of his praise be heard!
God preserved us among the living;
    he didn’t let our feet slip a bit. (Psalm 66:1-9, Common English Bible)

I tend to be pretty traditional when it comes to my personal preferences in worship music. I do enjoy some praise music but I tend to like it best outside the worship setting. One of my favorites is, “Shout to the Lord.”

WhenI read the “story behind the hymn.” Darlene Zschech (pronounced check) was battling a deep depression, at least in part due to a large tax liability. She saw no way out, short of divine intervention.

She never actually said if the divine intervention happened or if she overcame her tax liability. What she did say was, one night when the night seemed at its darkest, she sat down at her piano, not playing anything in particular. She realized she was playing the same tune over and over again. Then words started singing words, these words:

My Jesus, my Saviour
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love

My comfort, my shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath, all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord all the Earth, let us sing
Power and majesty, praise to the King
Mountains bow down and the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
I sing for joy at the work of Your hand
Forever I’ll love You, forever I’ll stand.

Darlene credits the words of Psalm 96 for the inspiration of her song. Who am I to argue the inspiration of a song with its composer and lyricist. When I think of “Shout to the Lord,” my mind goes to Psalm 66, today’s lesson.

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth! Sing praises to the glory of God’s name! Make glorious his praise!”

“Shout to the Lord all the Earth let us sing…”

I would ask, “Is it just me?” But that isn’t what is important here. In truth, it doesn’t really matter what inspired Darlene. It doesn’t matter at all what Scripture I think about when I hear the song. What matters is, that we shout and sing our praises to God at every opportunity. That is what the psalmists of both Psalm 66 and Psalm 96 (Who knows, both could be written by the same psalmist) could be saying. The words are similar. The praises of God’s people should be the same. (And yes, I did read Psalm 96. When it comes up in our readings I may regret having written this post – lol).

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

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