When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
â€œBlessed is the king who comes in the name of the LORD! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!â€
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, â€œTeacher, rebuke your disciples!â€
â€œI tell you,â€ he replied, â€œif they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.â€ Luke 19:37-40 (NIV)
I don’t have the best singing voice (although I haven’t made my dog howl and cover his ears). When I worship the Lord in song, I am transported to that Jerusalem road and my hands go up and I praise my Lord!!! I do not want any rocks near my feet praising Him because I do not!
Today in this Holy Week, I am thanking my Lord for all He has done in my life. I am thanking my Lord for all He is doing in my life. I am thanking my Lord for all He will do in my life. The list is long and varied; coming with each breath that I take.
There are so many people that God has sent into my life that have blessed me and disciplined me. He used them to speak wisdom to me. Some even taught me by their â€œnegativeâ€ ways â€“ shining a light on some dark corner in my own closet life that needed cleaning. Most will never know how much their life was used by Jesus to mold or shape me on His potter’s wheel.
There is so much in His creation that floods me with awe and wonder. The expanse of it. The indescribable beauty of the simple and complex. I am surprised by a cloud formation. I feel the wind literally kiss my cheek and am reminded that His Spirit will blow where He wills. The sweet innocence in the face of my granddaughters and grandsons. The gentle expression on the face of my dog when I am missing his young master.
Praise happens in that quiet moment when His Spirit reminds me of His precious words. As God reminded Isaiah, before I can call â€“ He will answer. As prayer requests have come to my mind, God has answered with His promises. His sweet words. His words that are life and healing.
Praise You, Jesus. Praise You all through this day no matter what it brings. Praise You. You are worthy.