Army Jargon

War Cry

Colonel Richard Munn

Sold in pubs and on street corners by the millions and littering corps lobbies in equal numbers, the beloved War Cry magazine stands the test of time.

It’s a 139–year–old marvel.

“Raise the war cry” exhorted Isaiah to beleaguered Judah. “If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” cajoled Paul.

A perfect question for an army of salvation.

In ancient times, Spartans were feared for their fighting prowess and renowned for singing as they ran into battle.

Even saintly Samuel Logan Brengle entitled an entire chapter “Shouting” in his writings on holiness.

“Many a prayer meeting has failed at the shouting point,” Brengle cautions. So much for serene holiness.

David, the mighty warrior, instinctively understood the psychology of battle. From taking the initiative to run toward a startled Goliath, to capturing and converting a Baal anthem we now know as Psalm 29, he led in battle and in worship.

The Saturday Review, which reported on boisterous Army meetings in 1879, noted one captain “who vociferated with such zeal as almost to lose the semblance of humanity.”

Today, vociferous people in our midst can take comfort that heaven will likely be a high–decibel place.

In Scripture, the word loud is used over 20 times.

The song writer says it well:

God is with us, God is with us,
So our brave forefathers sang,
Far across the field of battle
Loud their holy war cry rang.


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