So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. - Joshua 6:20 ESV
When you think of worship you think of lifting your hands and singing a song. However, worship is more than just a motion or a feeling. Worship by definition is the expression of adoration and reverence (respect) for a deity (God).
Worship is an outward expression of your dedication to God.
Worship is an outward expression of your praise for the father.
Worship is the outward expression of respect to the father. How because it shows your level of humility and mindfulness of him.
Worship is the outward expression of thanksgiving to the Father.
Worship is the outward expression of magnification of the Father. Because you place your focus on him and realize that his bigger than anything we may face.
Worship as I just described to you can be expressed by more than lifting your hands and singing a song. One of the most popular and powerful ways the bible demonstrates worship is by shouting,
Here in Joshua 6, the Lord orders Joshua to march around the wall of Jericho. The same wall where the enemies of Joshua and the children of Isreal lie. The same wall that was preventing Joshua and the children of Isreal from entering into the land promised to them by the Lord. The same wall was on the other side encamped the enemies of Joshua who were too many and too powerful for them to take on, but not the Lord.
God’s strategy for Joshua is to match around the city of Jericho for 7 days. 1 time each day for 6 days, but on the 7th day they were to march around the wall 7 times that day only. On the 7th cycle of the march, they are commanded to shout and blow the trumpet. The word shout used here in verse 20 means to raise a sound, to cry out, to give a blast. This word doesn’t hold the same meaning as used in our everyday meaning. This word shout is also the same shout that caused the Lord to send out ambushments against the enemies of Jehoshaphat causing his enemies to turn and kill their own selves.
The word shout ( rua) means,
When you shout you shout a war cry out against the enemy.
When you shout you Shout out an alarm of battle again the enemy.
When you shout you shout in triumph over your enemy.
When you shout you send a signal to the enemy that it’s time for war.
When you shout you shout out because of the abundance of joy.
WHEN YOU SHOUT YOU SEND OUT A CRY THAT SIGNALS DISTRESS TO YOUR FATHER.
You are his child, you are his baby, and when a baby cries what do the parents do? The parent rushes over to comfort and soothe the baby. The parent holds the baby to signal they are there and the child is safe. The parent tries to figure out the problem as to why the baby is crying and once the parent figures out the problem then they get rid of the problem. When you shout all of these things the father will do for you.
So when you are faced with an impossible enemy, when it seems like you’re closed in or you’re out of options, when you’re in distress or going through a trial let out a shout.
Let out a shout of worship.
Let out a shout of praise.
Let out a shout of thanksgiving.
Let out a shout of distress.
And watch how the father comes running to you.
See how the very same enemies that opposed you with impossible opposition will vanish before your eyes.
See how your Father will give you victory.
Worship with your shout.