November 23

Randy Travis Praises God with the Gospel Song “Shout to the Lord”

Shout to the Lord with all that you have to praise Him for all His goodness. God is the ultimate source of all good things. Therefore, we shouldn’t forget to take the time to thank Him. There is no specific way to give thanks to the Lord, but the most common is to sing hymns. Congregations or churches burst into gleeful songs that praise God for all His power and glory. One song that comes to mind is “Shout to the Lord.”

The Making of “Shout to the Lord”

In 1993, an Australian Christian leader and songwriter, Darlene Zschech wrote her most famous work, “Shout to the Lord.” This inspiring song was based on Darlene’s life. Just like all of us, Darlene experienced many hardships in life. She struggled with money and family problems. On an interview with Today’s Christian Woman, Darlene said that the pressure she was experiencing back then discouraged her in life. She didn’t know what to do.

“I wrote it when I was feeling discouraged. I felt I could either scream and pull my hair out, or praise God.” 

Despite all of the hardships in her life, Darlene chose to praise God. “Shout to the Lord” is a proof that she believes that God will never forsake us. In addition, she holds on to God’s promise that He will give us a beautiful future. Darlene is definitely right when she decided to praise God instead of constantly worrying about her problems.

Different Covers

“Shout to the Lord” became a popular song, thus making it loved by many artists. Some of the artists who recorded the song were Jim Brickman, Randy Travis, Natalie Grant, and many more. What we are interested in listening to is Randy Travis’ version.

Randy Travis

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In 2005, Travis released his all-gospel album Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise. His album is a collection of nineteen gospel songs, one of which is Darlene’s “Shout to the Lord.” Travis’ vocals perfectly fit the song. You can feel the emotions poured out in his voice. Sadly, the song was never released as a single. Therefore, it didn’t enter the Billboard chart. However, his album placed at number seven on the Billboard Top Christian Albums. He also made it reach number twenty-eight on the Country Albums chart of Billboard.

Listen to Randy Travis as he sings this worship song “Shout to the Lord.”


Darlene Zschech, Randy Travis, Shout to the Lord

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