Shout for Joy, O Barren One

Barrenness is something or someone who is unable to produce fruit. Barrenness can apply to many different situations. It might be a person who is financially barren and 100K in debt. Or what I usually think of, the woman who is physically barren and has gone 5 years without becoming pregnant.

Unfortunately, as I have seen over and over, and I think is very common for the infertility community, shame and disgrace are often felt by those who experience any kind of barrenness. Shame is nothing new, because Isaiah 54 references the shame Israel was feeling.

Isaiah 54:1 says, “‘Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,’ says the LORD.” 

“Shout for joy, O barren one”

Shout for joy? Who? What? Why? These might all be questions you are asking when you read this verse.

Even though Israel was facing shame and disgrace, this verse states that “the sons of the desolate will be more numerous.” The shouting was a prophetic act that the barrenness they experienced would one day turn into fruitfulness.

This past Sunday I was a sobbing mess at church, and even though I didn’t feel like it, I held my hands up high, as a prophetic act, and shouted praises to the Lord. I felt broken. I felt hopeless. I felt weary, but for me, shouting praises to the Lord is never based on how I “feel” or what circumstances I am facing. Instead, it is based on God’s character, which never changes.

You have plenty of reasons to shout for joy in your barrenness. God wants you to shout in expectation of your territory expanding. God wants you to shout and praise him for the miracle that is coming. God wants you to shout because he knows you won’t be barren forever. God wants you to shout because he knows that fruitfulness is coming.

Even if it’s the darkest and driest season you have ever experienced, don’t let the barrenness stop you from singing and dancing. Choose to thank and praise him in the dry, barren and desolate season and join me in “Shouting for joy, O barren one.”

Sing O Barren One
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13 Comments
  • Elise Welch
    Posted at 08:58h, 02 November Reply

    Beautiful! Love this!

  • Keri McCue
    Posted at 09:56h, 02 November Reply

    I love when you said “Choose to thank and praise Him in the dry and barren season…” It’s so true. When we DO instead of just FEEL we are honoring our Father and obeying Him. Sometimes we don’t feel like praising, sometimes we don’t feel very thankful. But when we humble ourselves to put aside our feelings and just do, just obey, we are saying to Him, “I believe your promises and I trust you!” Love this encouragement today!

  • Terri
    Posted at 11:17h, 02 November Reply

    I love this, great post. Shout for joy Oh Barren one.

  • Cassie from True Agape
    Posted at 11:59h, 02 November Reply

    What a great reminder! I have really been working on being joyful from the blessing that God has given me no matter what my worldly circumstances are. Sometimes it is hard but when I am focused on it, it becomes easier!

  • Nicole Glover
    Posted at 12:53h, 02 November Reply

    Oh! So true! If we were to praise God and worship God based on our feelings we might never get there! But its the fact that he is such a wonderful, forever the same God despite our fickleness! It brings George Beverly Shea’s-How Great Thou Art to heart!… Lovely..Thanks for sharing!

  • Starla Jimenez
    Posted at 13:40h, 02 November Reply

    What great encouragement to praise God, even in the barren moments of life.

  • Andi
    Posted at 16:22h, 02 November Reply

    praise Him in the midst of it all!

  • Elizabeth Marshall
    Posted at 17:07h, 02 November Reply

    It is hard to remember that we can shout for joy in all situations. I pray that you are able to find in the shouting as you look toward heaven!

  • LauraOinAK
    Posted at 18:50h, 02 November Reply

    Awesome post! We all need to remember that God calls us to walk our life differently than others and that can include children or even being single for life. And, I’ve seen a few women who are awesome spiritual mothers.

  • Sheila
    Posted at 21:19h, 02 November Reply

    So true, joy isn’t dependent upon our circumstances. It’s learning to be joyful despite our circumstances… Beautiful words

  • Gwen
    Posted at 01:39h, 03 November Reply

    I read through the previous responders and thought, Yes. Praise Him even in the barrenness of life.” There is a situation that I never thought would end up with me barren of help. It’s been eight long years. The treacherous treatment. Evil. Lies. And recently I had to be reminded…no Gwen. Do not focus on the lack. It makes God providing even more miraculous! So I wait in my barren land and weep and have great great pain. But God helps me. And I too can lift a hand with tears streaming down my face yet praising my Lord and my Savior. He is worthy. And I’m being honest here. Barren times are lonely. And hurt a LOT. So thankful for your encouragement ?✝️

  • Tiffani
    Posted at 08:55h, 04 November Reply

    I’m joining with you sister! I choose to have joy in my barren season. Thank you for this reminder.

  • Lydia
    Posted at 23:56h, 26 June Reply

    Oh I needed this! Thanks for the encouragement!

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