A proclamation is taking ownership of what we speak. When His Word becomes life within us, then we can proclaim it with confidence and conviction. The Spirit of grace upon our lives will arrest hardened hearts to hear us, and His power will convert sinners into saints. Otherwise, our words apart from God’s perspective are like a dog howling at the moon—noisy and aggravating. Spiritual messages conveyed through heartless vessels neutralizes its effectiveness. They become empty words reduced to cliches and routine recitations used to impress or entertain those who have itching ears and are acclimated towards the eloquence of speaking skills. They cause more harm through their spiritual impotency than good.
The proclamation of God’s goodness is prophetic. It is the convergence of His goodness of the past, His goodness in the future, and its present representation in our lives. God has always been good, He will be good, and therefore, we can speak with confidence in saying, God is good! We speak of His glory by faith. The gift of faith holds us fast while we face the dilemmas and circumstances of today. We do not waver in our confession because we have placed all things into His Hands. “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak” (2 Cor. 4:13). The spirit of faith is what we share with those who have gone before us. It is the continuation of the legacy of faith once for all delivered to the saints. We then enter the experiences of those who have kept the faith to the end. Our declaration then becomes our proclamation. We proclaim what we have declared as truth, we speak what we believe, and we arrive at a level of believing even when there appears to be no evidence to support it.
To shout out is to proclaim from the deepest recesses of the soul and to speak loudly with confidence. The shout has the capability to even awaken those who are hard of hearing. Figuratively speaking, it is to live life out loud. It is for the witness to overcome all timidity and ambiguity while precisely conveying the message that awakens slumbering souls. People will then be able to clearly distinguish the difference between God’s Word from what has is politicly correct and popular. Conversion requires the change of heart, mind, and attitude. If the message can easily fit into the repertoire of ordinary life without conviction that leads to a radical change, it is merely a message of accommodation rather than transformation. Yes, our humanness by nature has placed us in a hopeless situation and there is nothing we can do to raise ourselves up to the level of meeting God’s expectations. But His Truth through Jesus Christ came down to our level to lift us up beyond what we could do for ourselves. This is the message that we proclaim—the message of Jesus Christ who came to save us from our sin nature. We have the opportunity today to proclaim God’s goodness as His Son leads many sons to glory!