Reveille

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Psalm 47

God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. (v. 5 NIV)

“Reveille” is a sounding of trumpets most often associated with the military. It is
used to get soldiers up in the morning. The name comes from the French word for “wake up.”
In modern times, the U.S. military plays (or sounds) “reveille” generally near sunrise,
though its exact time varies from base to base. On some U.S. military bases, reveille is
accompanied by a cannon shot (I guess that happens where people really have a hard time
getting up!)

Whenever reveille is sounded all uniformed personnel are required to come to attention
and present a salute, either to the flag or in the direction of the music if the flag is
not visible. Personnel armed with rifles at the time reveille is sounded are required to
give a rifle salute.

The psalmist tells us that the Lord ascends amid shouts of joy and the sounding of
trumpets. There is a sort of spiritual reveille that sounds from God’s Word to all people
everywhere. God expects us to wake up and salute when Jesus is lifted up.

Most of us are not going to hear trumpets in the morning. We will, however, have our
wake-up routines. What if, when the alarm clock (or maybe the cell phone) goes off, the
very first thing we did each day was to give glory to the One who has been lifted up?

PRAYER

Lord, when I wake up I want to be looking up. When the alarm sounds I want to

give you a salute. As I rise up I want to open up to all that you ask of me each day.