â€œ. . . when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?â€ (Job 38:7)
The phrase â€œshouted for joyâ€ in this verse is actually a single word (ruwa) in the Hebrew, and it can carry a number of meanings. It is most frequently translated simply â€œshout,â€ as when the army of Joshua surrounding Jericho shouted and the walls fell down (Joshua 6:20). In Psalm 100:1, it is translated â€œmake a joyful noise.â€ It can refer to a shout of alarm or shout of triumph, as well as a shout of joy, but it always refers to aÂ loudÂ shout. In fact, it comes from a root meaning â€œto splitâ€â€”a noise that would split eardrums or shatter glass.
In the context of Job 38, the Lord is reminding Job and his friends of the great primeval event of creation. When the earthâ€”which is destined eventually to house Godâ€™s throne in the eternal ages to comeâ€”was established on solid foundations (on the third day of creation), a resounding noise like mighty thunderâ€”or, better, a gigantic angelic anthemâ€”echoed throughout the universe. An â€œinnumerable company of angelsâ€ (Hebrews 12:22), identified in the poetic structure of the Hebrew parallelism in our text as both â€œmorning starsâ€ and â€œsons of God,â€ shouted exultantly and sang in unison when the solid earth appeared.
The angels probably were created on the first day of the creation week, immediately after the creation of the universe itself. Even though Satan and other angels later rebelled against God, most of the angels still obey Him, and one day we ourselves will actually hear them singing His praises and shouting for joy when He returns to Earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16;Revelation 4:9-11; 5:11-14;Â Psalm 148:1-6).
Therefore, â€œpraise ye him all his angels: praise ye him, all his hostsâ€ (Psalm 148:2). Someday, we shall join them in a â€œjoyful noiseâ€ at Godâ€™s throne. HMM