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Don’t Give The Stones a Chance

October 11, 2013

When you come into church this week…it’s not just another Sunday. It’s not just a ritual. It’s not just a gathering. It’s more than that. It’s far more that that. It’s a time set apart for the worship of our great God and King. It’s a chance…an opportunity…to worship the Lord our God in spirit and truth.

We’re told in Psalm 100…
1. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
2. Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!
3. Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Those aren’t presented as suggestions. Those verses do not come across as mere thoughts that might be worth further exploration. The psalmist is passionate about worshiping God. There is energy in these words…even a level of intensity. Make! Serve! Come! Know! Enter! And why? Why do we do this? “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” It’s all right there.  Five verses.  You could probably memorize it.

There’s a story in Luke 19 of Jesus entering into Jerusalem. It’s the triumphal entry. People are loud. They are making a joyful noise, shouting “Hosanna!” and “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” They’re getting after it. And some of the Pharisees are there and they actually approach Jesus and tell Him to “rebuke” His disciples. They want His people to quiet down…they don’t want that scene to impact their standing with the Romans. And I love what Jesus tells them. In the text He doesn’t pause to think of something clever. He doesn’t ask them any questions. Of course, He definitely doesn’t tell the people to quiet down. Instead, He went a little different direction. In Luke 19:40 says, “He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.'”

If these were silent, the very stones would cry out. Do you hear that? If these were silent, the very stones would cry out. It’s important. If these were silent, the very stones would cry out. Don’t miss what He’s saying. If these were silent, the very stones would cry out.

Do you know what worries me? What worries me is that we are actually going to afford the stones the opportunity to cry out. It worries me that a generation of Christians is going to sit by, sleep in, stay at home, hide in the balcony, and wait…for the stones to cry out. While a fallen world is watching, the Christians are just going to be okay with showing up and sitting in a pew. Or worse…we’ll be so self-involved, so selfish, so tired…that we’ll just miss the whole thing.  And the stones…the stones are going to cry out in our place.  

May it never be! 

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  1. Kim Hawkins permalink
    October 11, 2013 1:26 pm

    This is a great insight Adam. Makes me want to cry out and shout for The Lord!!! Thanks for sharing !!! 😊

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