Empty Shouts

Margaret C. Mullings

The place called the ‘Gulley’ in the quaint settlement of Rock Sound on the island of Eleuthera, reminded me of the many times I visited there to play with my siblings and friends. We would shout to the top of our voices and listened as our shouts could be heard echoing throughout the settlement.

It made us feel powerful but truth be known, they were empty shouts that reminded me of how the children of Israel were being slain by their enemies, the Philistines, on every side. They went and brought the Ark of the Covenant of God into their camp, because they knew this represented His presence.

Then as they rejoiced and shouted so loudly, the ground on which they stood was shaken. Their enemies heard the shouts and at first, they were afraid! Let’s pick up the story from the book of First Samuel chapter four beginning at verse five, “And when the Ark of the Covenant came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout so that the earth rang again.”

Read of the Philistines response from the verse six, “And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, what meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the Ark of the Lord was come to the camp.”

Verse seven, “And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp, and they said, Woe unto us! For there hath not been such a thing heretofore.”

Verse eight, “Woe unto us! Who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? These are the God’s that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.”

The questions – have you and I become like the children of Israel sinning and repenting? Then behaving as Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, who were there with the Ark of the Covenant of God?

Verse four, “So the people sent to Shiloh that they might bring thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli – Hophni and Phinehas – were there with the ark of the covenant of God.”

Is it possible that we too are gathering in the place of worship before the Lord, but could it be that we have been partakers in evil practices? Perhaps we have a form of godliness and have denied the power of God?

Could it be that people who know not God are saying in response to our loud shouts of praise and adoration to the true and living God, that our shouts are empty?

Let us take inventory of ourselves as we assemble in the house of God to praise and worship Him, lest we are smitten like the Philistines smote the children of Israel.

Beware – Let’s be sure that our shouts are not empty like those shouts in the place called the ‘Gulley’ on the quaint settlement of Rock Sound, Eleuthera.

Whereas a little girl along with my siblings and friends, our voices could be heard powerfully throughout the settlement, but everyone knew those shouts were empty!

The time has come for the Body of Christ to mature and become skilled in the doctrine of righteousness and live a holy life, so that each time we shout the Power of God would manifest and cancel the empty shouts!

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