The Stones Would Cry Out

37 As he was drawing near–already on the way down the Mount of Olives–the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, 38 saying, “Blessed isthe King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:37-40 ESV

“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. – Romans 1:18-20 NLT

“If these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Interesting. Have you ever noticed that our involuntary response to victory or pure joy is raising our arms and hands in the air? It’s a little hard to whoop and holler without raising your arms perhaps with a fist pump here or there. Why? Why is that such an automatic response? I wonder if this is our body’s instinctual way of worshipping the creator. Creation itself testifies to the power and nature of God. When the Pharisees tell Jesus to rebuke his disciples for praising him, Jesus basically says, “Even if I did tell them to stop, these stones would cry out in praise. You cannot stop it.”

Just something to ruminate over.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by David on February 7, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Ever find youself out in nature all alone and all around you is incredibly beautiful scenery? I feel a reverance, talking low and wanting to leave everything just as I found it. I stand in the middle of nature’s worship service as it exhalts the creator with all of its beauty. I interpret the verse not as an either we exalt or nature would, but that if we are quiet, the praises of nature would still be declaring His majesty, it would just be more noticable. Lord give us eyes to see how everything around us praises your name.


  2. Posted by Chris on February 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I believe we were created to create music and dance so that we could worship. Why else do we need those abilities?

    I believe the sensation of music or dance bubbling uncontrollably out of the soul of the artist is one of the moments we can experience “being made in the image of God”.


  3. Posted by Chris on February 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Not having been given the gift of music, I am with David, seeing God most clearly when alone in the mountains.

    As odd as it sounds, that is why I am passionate about wilderness preservation. When it is gone, where will our grandchildren go to look unequivocally at the hands of God?


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