I found myself in the kitchen, after a somewhat emotional day, blaring “Roar” by Katy Perry. Next thing I know, I have a wooden spoon in my hand being used as a microphone while lip syncing every word to the song. I lip synced my little heart out to the following words:
“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am the champion, and you’re gonna hear my roar
Louder, Louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear my roar!”
Twirling, shaking my booty and my hair swinging back and forth, I sang those words with passion. I sang them loud and I meant every word – I was a champion! As I sang, I felt the days drama and emotions wash away and fall off. I found a battle cry for the moment. I wasn’t going to let the day’s events dictate who I was or how I was going to treat others. I was going to shake it off by “dancing through the fire” and proclaiming that “I am a champion”.
Doesn’t sound very spiritual to sing the words to a Katy Perry song BUT it resonated something in me. It became my battle cry. My battle cry against every attack the enemy had for me. The battle cry I would declare as I became face to face with the hurt of the day. I realized I was a champion and although I felt like I went through the fire – I came out of it and wanted to be sure the enemy could hear my ROAR!
I am reminded of the Israelites against the Philistines in 1 Samuel 17:21 where it says, “the army was going out in battle array shouting the war cry”. Or how about the story of Israelites shouting so loud in Joshua 6:20 that the walls of Jericho came crashing down? It reads, “so the people shouted, and priests blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted with a great shout and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight ahead, and they took the city.” Then there is the story in 1 Samuel 4:5, “as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout so that the earth resounded”. The Israelites knew how to do battle. They knew how to stare down the enemy and roar their battle cry!
When I went back to look at the word “shout,” one of the words used in Hebrew is “teruah” which means “a shout or blast of war, alarm or joy”. It is very alluring when God uses a word that has such double meaning. For example, we just read that “teruah” means a blast of war or joy. I don’t think of joy when referencing war, blasts of war or any sound of war for that matter. Leave it to God –He always turns what was meant for bad – WAR – and uses it for JOY! Maybe the key to defeating the enemy and winning the battle is joyful heart? That despite our current circumstances we continue to remain joyful with a heart of thankfulness. Should our war cry be one of JOY?
I know many times I have gone into battle reluctant and fearful. Sometimes even mad and depressed thinking I don’t have the energy to fight this battle. The good news is we don’t fight this battle alone. In Deuteronomy 20:4 it says, “for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” You are not walking out on the battlefield alone, Christ has already gone before you and is fighting on your behalf.
Begin picturing the battlefield and warfare in a new light. Envision yourself in battle shouting your battle cry. Picture being face to face with the enemy and instead of retreating, you stand tall, look him in the eye and SHOUT. SHOUT with everything in you. SHOUT you are a daughter of the King. SHOUT your victory! SHOUT, in the face of fear. SHOUT your battle cry over your circumstances – your doctor’s report, your marriage, and your children. Make the words you shout personal. You may find yourself in battle but you can still dance in the battle – in the fire. Don’t wait for the battle to be over before the dancing begins and your heart is joyful. No! I am going to dance right here in the middle of it – even if that is my kitchen while cooking dinner – I am going to shout my battle cry and dance it off. I am going to laugh at the plans of the enemy because I know God’s plans are greater. I know I am a champion – He is my champion. As you face overwhelming decisions and circumstances today, remember your war cry and SHOUT as you enter into your day. SHOUT!