Rocks get a bad rap, but they aren’t all bad! Consider this scripture:
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: ”Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
So okay, maybe rocks are still considered bottom of the heap. But are we better than a rock?
Lots of folks are quiet at church. Maybe it’s personal preference, maybe it’s what they consider proper decorum for church. Silence is golden, that sort of thing… But NOT when we’re praising God! Worship is not a spectator sport!
Praising God is a good thing to do, most importantly because God is worthy! For ourselves, focusing on God in praise helps us have a deeper knowledge and appreciation of who God is. Praising God with other Christians helps us to articulate that praise, and appreciate God from multiple points of view. Getting comfortable talking about God with other Christians makes it easier to talk about God with non-Christians. And what do we think we’ll be doing in heaven, anyway?
What’s stopping you from crying out?