“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, saying, ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’” – Luke 19:37-40 ESV
Dear Lord, as we approach Palm Sunday and the celebration of Your Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, I ask You to open my eyes and mind to the mighty works You are performing in my life every day! Open my heart and mouth to sing praises to Your Name! For Your word says that “the whole earth is filled with your glory,” (Isaiah 6:3) so that even “the very stones would cry out” (Luke 19:40) if I remained silent. Let me not be so fixated on others’ perceptions of me that it hinders my very worship of You, Lord. You are worthy to be praised!
Luke 19 describes “the whole multitude of (Jesus’) disciples…praising God with a loud voice.” Meanwhile, the Pharisees told Him to “rebuke” His disciples for their boisterous behavior. What about you? Do you praise the Savior of the world with abandon, or are you more likely to conform to Pharisaical fussiness? Let’s join the disciples this weekend and shout to the Lord! All the earth, let us sing!