As I finished preparations yesterday for BaseCamp this weekend, I was reminded of a passage near the end of Luke. We’re talking about worship and praising God for the amazing God that He is. The story in Luke takes place on what we commonly know as “Palm Sunday”. Jesus is entering Jerusalem and the crowds are excited! They’re praising Him in amazing ways saying things like:
“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (Luke 19:38)
Some of the most religious people in the crowd got mad though and told Jesus to keep them quiet… to tell them to stop calling Him King and Lord. Jesus’ response is so cool:
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:40)
The truth is that God is so great that it is impossible for Him to not be praised. His name and glory and honor almost demand it. And if we don’t praise Him, even lifeless aspects of his creation will cry out in praise. I don’t know about you, but I want to live a life that can’t hold the praise in. I don’t want rocks to have to take my place. I want to be able to end each day saying,
Today, I made the rocks keep quiet.