people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the
people will go up, every man straight in. (Joshua 6:5)
The “loud shout” of steadfast faith is the exact opposite of the
groans of wavering faith and the complaints of discouraged
hearts. Of all “the secret[s] of the Lord” (Ps.25:14 KJV), I do not
believe there are any more valuable than the secret of this “loud
shout” of faith. “The Lord said to Joshua, ‘See, I have delivered
Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting
men’” (Josh. 6:2). He did not say, “I will deliver” but “I have
delivered.” The victory already belonged to the children of
Israel, and now they were called to take possession of it. But
the big question still remaining was how. It looked impossible,
but the Lord had a plan.
No one would normally believe that a shout could cause city
walls to fall. Yet the secret of their victory lay precisely in just
that shout, for it was the shout of faith. And it was a faith that
dared to claim a promised victory solely on the basis of the
authority of God’s Word,even though there were no physical signs
of fulfillment. God answered His promise in response to their
faith, for when they shouted, He caused the walls to fall.
God had declared, “I have delivered Jericho into your hands,”
and faith believed this to be true. And many centuries later the
Holy Spirit recorded this triumph of faith in the book of
Hebrews as follows: “By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the
people had marched around them for seven days” (Heb. 11:30).
Hannah Whitall Smith
Faith can never reach its consummation,
Till the victor’s thankful song we raise:
In the glorious city of salvation,
God has told us all the gates are praise.