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by Addison Bevere

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere

July 2, 2023

The Healing Power Of The Festal Shout

Blessed are the people who know the festal shout (teru’ah), who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face.
—Psalm 89:15 ESV

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been meditating on the verse above, and I’m becoming more convinced that praise is where the broken pieces of our pain find their way back together in a fresh form.

It would seem Scripture has its different ways of telling us that in the face of despair, praise does its healing work.

This particular verse from Psalm 89 speaks of a blessing that comes with knowing the teru’ah (festal shout), a blessing that grants us the ability to see life in the light of God’s presence—the greatest gift of all.

But the subtleties within the Hebrew word teru’ah, which is actually a note of the shofar, are lost in translation. This “festal shout” is born of the great tension that exists between our pain and God’s promises. The teru’ah is, in fact, a low and broken note, a sound that harmonizes with our dizziness and distress while urging us to rise and find our feet again.

Those who hear the teru’ah are reminded that when life gives them reasons to doubt God’s faithfulness, they can, even within the pain, experience and enter new dimensions of God’s faith for us.

It is, after all, through many trials that we must enter the kingdom of God (see Acts 14:22).

Response

Are you in a season where you don’t have the words to pray? Maybe your words feel messy, irreverent, or inarticulate. You don’t need to go buy a shofar, but I do challenge you to release a cry, however broken it may sound. Whether it be a car, a room, a field, a closet, a forest . . . find a place to offer your holy exhale. For only those who breathe out can breathe in.

Closing Thoughts

“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. . . . And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good . . .” (Romans 8:26–27, emphasis added)

Shouting with you,

Addison

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere

P.S. You probably know by now, but I’ll remind you just in case—the Words with God book is available as a bookebook, and audiobook. AND it’s now available in Spanish as well. Thank you for the way y’all are sharing and owning this message. The testimonies I’ve gotten from those of you reading it have been humbling and riveting.

P.P.S. If you don’t know what a shofar is, you should google it. It’s worth the search. 🙂


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Sunday Entries

On most Sundays, I share a few words on prayer as a way of life, words that help us open the conversation so we can see, hear, and experience more of God in our daily lives. I’d love for you to join the conversation.

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The Entries

When it comes to prayer, are you quick to hear and slow to speak? Do you just fire off a bunch of words in God’s direction and move onto whatever’s next? I know I have a bend toward such prayers. That’s why I want to remind us today that prayer is less about performance—i.e., getting the words right—and more about a surrendered awareness that only comes with a listening posture.

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As we lay down our self-sufficiency, taking our focus off ourselves, we become more grounded in God’s Omni-Nature, finding eyes to see that the whole earth is full of His glory (and that even includes us, His “very good” work). The holiness of God invites us to see Him in the wholeness of creation, for the Eternal One is indeed the Source of all goodness, truth, and beauty.

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Are there areas in your life where you feel held back and need a breakthrough, a sudden advance beyond or through an obstacle?

God doesn’t need perfect words but he does need you to participate. Our imperfect prayers and cries will, in the most surprising of ways, open us up to the miraculous work that He’s doing in us.

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06.11.23

“I’ve been thinking a lot about circles lately. So much of life is defined by circles—our days, week, months, and years form circles for us to move in and through. We’re constantly reminded that the end of a thing has a way of taking us back to a beginning. It would seem the cosmos announces the Circle as God’s shape of choice…”

Addison Bevere is the COO of Messenger International, a ministry founded by John and Lisa Bevere in 1990 that exists to develop uncompromising followers of Christ who transform our world. Messenger is dedicated to providing people with access to life-transforming messages regardless of their location, language, or financial position.

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