Yet Many Shouted
May the Lord grant, by His Holy Spirit, a cry of praise and victory to be heard coming from the assembling of His people today for it will set the enemy to flight. May the enemy of the church and Israel be scattered in seven directions.
10 “When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood[a] in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord, according to the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. 12 But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes. Yet many shouted aloud for joy, 13 so that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard afar off.”
The sound of the shout of victory was heard for God was in the midst of Israel working presently. The sound covered the cries and shouts of agony over what had been and what had been lost in the past. “YET many shouted aloud for joy.” (v.12b) It seems that the shouting and weeping over the past was as loud as the shouting over what was progressing in the present.
But the present generation was able to give forth the shout of victory that God was working presently in the midst of His people. Thank God there was a heart in the present generation that openly received the present work and presence of God. It stands to reason that a shout of victory would witness more of a heart for war and victory to an enemy than the sound of bemoaning the past or agonizing over what was lost… “For His mercy endures forever” (v.11).
The older generation couldn’t move with what God was doing in the present because they were bemoaning the fact that what was happening now was not the same as the original structure.
The generations must join forces in expectation for what God is doing presently and what God shall do and know that Jehovah will not move without His sound foundation in place in any generation. “YET many shouted aloud for joy.”