Summary: A message speaking of four joyful sounds in the Word of God
Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound
In reading this scripture, notice the words very carefully:
The author did not write:
Blessed are the people who know the mournful sound
Or the unhappy sound
Or the depressing sound
Or even the sorrowful sound
But Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound.
Notice, he did not say, “hear” the joyful sound, but “know” the joyful sound.
There is a reason for the insertion of the word “know” instead of the word “hear”.
You may “hear” something but not respond to what you are hearing, or you may not give a hoot to what you are hearing.
But the word “know” in the original Hebrew is yaw-dah', which means:
To acknowledge the joyful sound
To understand the joyful sound
To regard the joyful sound
Now what does the term “joyful sound” mean?
acclamation of joy or a battle-cry; especially clangor of trumpets, as an alarm, blow(- ing) (of, the) (trumpets), joy, jubilee, loud noise, rejoicing, shout(-ing), (high, joyful) sound(-ing).
+Like the shout of a victorious army, Nu 23:21 or the welcome trump of Jubilee, proclaiming victory over sin, death, and hell, liberty from the bondage of corruption and speaking pardon, peace, and eternal reconciliation between the offended God, and the sinful soul.
So there are several joyful sounds in the Bible, but for the sake of time I want to point out just four of them.
Do you remember the story in 2 Samuel 5:24?
And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.
This phrase comes from a story when David when David was the anointed King of Israel.
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed King of Israel they came to make war with him.
David had previously killed their beloved Goliath the champion of the Philistine army and they had an agenda to come and get even.
Well they mounted up and marched over to whip David and destroy his kingdom.
But David turned the tables on them and beat the socks off of them and sent them running.
Stupidly they went back and licked their wounds and regrouped and came back for more, thinking they could use some sort of strategy to defeat David this time.
The Philistines camped out in a valley getting ready for an attack.
When David heard about it he immediately went before the Lord and inquired what he was to do.
God said “Don’t go up against them, but compass around behind them and hide among some mulberry trees and wait.
So David and his army slipped around behind the camp of the Philistines, and waited.
God said “When you hear the wind blowing in the tops of the mulberry trees it will be time to attack the Philistines.
It was the joyful sound! It was a sound of victory! It was a sound of triumph!
David and his men made a surprise attack on the Philistines and they didn’t have a chance, they were defeated.
Oh thank God for the joyful sound of victory!
We at Biscoe First Assembly of God church need to prepare for battle.
The enemy has compassed the church of the living God.
Satan has regrouped his armies and has come to destroy the influence of the church in our nation and in our local communities.
He wants to destroy the influence of the church upon our society.
Its time the church puts up our picnic baskets and prepare for battle.
My friend, I am convinced that we are going to have a battle from now on.
The world has regrouped and has declared an open attack against the church.
For hundreds of years the church has been effective in changing lives, and even whole communities and towns.
But today every church that has a desire to go forward by promoting holiness, evangelism, and to step out on the promises of God, will be attacked by the forces of hell.
If Satan cannot disrupt the church from outside influences, he will use those in the church who are willing to be an instrument of disharmony, division, and discouragement.
And if you are not walking in the Spirit of God, you are an open vessel for Satan to use to tear down, discourage and bring confusion in the house of God.
The world has come against us! They want us to shut up! They want us to leave them alone, they want us to remain somewhere off in the backwoods out of sight, out of mind.
So church, prepare for battle! We have heard the rustling in the mulberry trees. The wind of the Holy Spirit is urging us to go forward and fight the good fight of faith.