by Sis. Teresa Poucher
A child’s first expression is a cry or a scream. A cry is primal, and very natural. A mother knows the cry of her child, whether it is angry or hurt, by the pitch. Researchers have found that the higher the volume of a scream, the higher the threat associated with it. Normal speech is about four or five hertz, screams can be between 30 and 150 hertz.
Our brain doesn’t interpret screams the same way as it does other sounds. Screams are sent to your brain’s pain-processing sector. Screams seem to activate the fear and pain processing sectors of your brain.
My husband and I were driving by a fire station one day and a fire truck happened to come out and sound its horn. It scared me so badly my chest hurt. Horns weren’t put on cars to tell a person off. They are there to alert you of impending danger. Years ago, they came out with melodious horns. They were cute, but they never made me feel threatened.
We took karate and it was hard to “kiai” (“key-eye” — to shout or yell in karate.) ‘Felt ‘pertty’ silly. Your kiai is very personal, it sounds a little different than anyone else’s kiai. It’s a must in karate. It helps you to breathe properly, it gives you more power, helps you focus, thus reducing your anxiety, and intimidates the enemy.
What does this have to do with the Bible? When we hear a preacher say we need to shout, we usually think of people dancing. These are two different things.
Today, we are talking about shouting out, a war cry, or screaming. “In his right hand is the lot marked for Jerusalem: to set battering rams, to open the mouth calling for destruction, to lift up the voice with a war cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to put up assault ramps, and to build siege walls.” (Ezekiel 21:22, Amplified Bible)
“The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.” (Isaiah 42:13) Why did he prevail? Maybe it was the roar, the cry, or the shout.
Psalms 32:7, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” (Strong’s Concordance defines “songs” in this instance [H7442] to be a “shout” of deliverance.)
Also see Joshua 6:20: “So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, (Strong’s defines “shout” here [H7321] as a “war cry”) that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”
The enemy will try to muzzle your shout. He’ll tell you it’s stupid, that everyone will look at you or think you’re crazy. When in reality, it will set you free. It will also encourage others to worship, rejoice, and get the victory. It will break chains and tear down walls. You scream at your spouse when he’s about to hit another vehicle and you scream at your kids when they’re about to run into the street –
Why not scream for the victory!