Live Out Loud!

live-out-loudAs Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”     Matthew 20:29-31

When living out loud for Christ in a world that does not understand, it is easy to get this response from those that are around you. Because of the way I express myself, I have been told to “calm me down”, and that I am “too much”. Sometimes people have even told me when I worship, “it doesn’t take all of that”. I have learned to laugh, and shrug people off because I know they don’t get it because if they did they would be hollering, and leaping for joy too. I just pause for a moment, look at them, and keep on going. I have learned to become like the two blind men; when people try to shut me down, I shout all the louder. The blind men’s shout showed their belief in who Jesus was, and in what He could do. They showed their desperate need for the Messiah, and their shout got His attention. It is such a privilege to know that when you lift your voice to God, He hears and He responds! What a mighty God we serve!

Even King David, the greatest king of Israel, encountered people trying to muzzle his worship. His own wife, Michal, tried to shut him down, but it made him wild out even more.

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart…… David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. 2 Samuel 6:14-17,21-22

What a response! He didn’t care what it looked like to anyone else around him! All that mattered in his eyes was his worship to the Lord!

Today, let that be your response to those that do not understand your worship, your song, or your dance before the Lord. Never allow someone to shut you down from shouting to God, no matter who they are. Some people have no idea what you’re up against. And sometimes, we don’t even need to be going through a rough time to praise God. He is good no matter what day it is, and deserves our honor and reverence.

The blind men did not receive what they needed from Jesus by following people’s societal rules, and regulations. They received it because they went against the grain, and had a radical faith matched with a desperate outcry before Christ.

Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.   Matthew 20:32-34

 Receiving their healing did not just open their eyes, but it opened them up to a fresh new beginning. It opened them up to a brand-new world they had never had the privilege to fully access. Your cry to Christ, will open places and spaces you have never even dreamed of. Do not allow people to interfere with you getting God’s attention. Openly acknowledging Jesus causes Him to openly acknowledge you.

Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.  Matthew 10:32-33

Most people will holler, and shout when their favorite sports team gains a point; but won’t worship the One who woke them up in the morning, and breathed new life into their souls. Sometimes you just have to pause, and have a praise break by yourself. He shed His blood so we wouldn’t have to. He separated Himself from God to bear the weight of the sins of humanity because He knew we would be crushed underneath the weight of it. Not getting hype when we think of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross should be a crime. Never let anyone stop your worship because they don’t understand it.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.    1 Corinthians 2:14

People who do not have a closeness with God, or don’t even know Him won’t be able to understand your love and admiration for the Father. To them it’s nonsense, but to you it’s essential to life. They need to be exalting Him too, they just don’t understand it yet.

So, open your mouth! Lift your hands! Dance! Skip! Run! Jump! Sing! Or just be silent, and breathe in the goodness of His presence regardless of where you are! Just make sure you praise Him. Praise Him regardless of who’s watching because you never know when you will get the attention of the King!

I love you guys, and I am praying for you all! God Bless you!!!

Arnita Faith