Journey to the Cross–February 23

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Lk. 19:40, NIV)

The crowds were worshiping and praising Jesus on Palm Sunday when He entered Jerusalem in kingly fashion. The Pharisees were indignant: “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” But Jesus would not. Somebody’s going to praise Him—if not the crowds, then the very rocks would! Can rocks worship the King of Creation? Or was Jesus just being poetic? Consider these Scriptures that talk about creation in worship:

“Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.” (1 Chron. 16:33)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Ps. 19:1)

 “Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them.” (Ps. 69:34)

“Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.” (Ps. 98:8)

“The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” (Is. 55:12)

If you can, enjoy some time in nature today. If you can get outdoors, do so. If not, maybe you can see a sunrise or sunset from your window. Nature photographs or a nature documentary are other options. Or maybe you have brought nature into your home or office—plants, pets, rocks, seashells, etc. Whether indoors or out, choose some element of nature to focus on. Realize that God intentionally made whatever you have chosen to look at. The Master Artist specifically chose to create this particular expression of nature.

Why do you think He did so? What does this piece of creation say about Him? How does it, in its own unique way offer Him praise? Let your time with God’s masterpiece inspire your own praise of Jesus, Lord of Creation. Don’t be outdone by a rock—worship Jesus with gladness and joy!

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