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 Wednesday, April 26, 2006

"Ain't No Rock"

"I tell you," He replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out" (Luke 19:40).

Photo of Dottie on printerDottie is our mixed breed cat. She was among a litter born to a wild barn cat shortly after we moved to Pennsylvania five years ago. Ester picked her favorite out of the litter and she's been ours ever since. Dottie has no idea of her humble beginnings and now feels pretty sophisticated.  She likes to lay near us when we do our work on the computer, often right on top of the printer.

The other day Brooksyne had an interesting experience she will share in her own words.

In preparation for the evening service on Easter Sunday I typed out the words to some choruses that I was going to lead the congregation in singing.  They included "Oh, How He Loves You and Me", "He Is Lord", and "Hallelujah." 

Right after I typed these songs along came Dottie sauntering across my desk.  Instead of sitting beside the computer she decided to plop down right on my keyboard.  Several odd letters came across the screen, but instead of lifting her right off the keyboard I decided there would be less cat hair fall-out if I let her get up on her own.  All of a sudden a stilted, emotionless voice came out of the computer speaker which initially startled me.  I turned up the volume only to hear the words of the choruses I just typed. 

Apparently Dottie hit some sort of function key and set off a program I didn't even know we had on the computer and it converted the text to voice. Though it was a rather monotone voice, hearing the words of the songs brought them to life in my heart.  By the time the man's voice broke into the repetitious chorus of "Hallelujah" and said it repeatedly eight times I found myself beginning to praise God.

I excitedly called Stephen to come upstairs so I could share with him about my neat experience.  We were both rather blessed but we also considered a spiritual application. 

Today's Scripture text is from a portion of the Bible dealing with the Triumphal Entry.  The whole crowd of disciples joyfully praised God in loud voices as Jesus went by. The angry Pharisees demanded that they be silenced, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" 

But Jesus made a powerful observation, "I tell you," He replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

We are made to praise the Lord.  I still recall a song many years ago by a musician that would periodically visit our church in northern Pennsylvania.  The recurring line was, "Ain't no rock gonna cry in my place!" based on the daily Scripture verse.  God's Word makes it abundantly clear that He desires His people to praise Him.

The call to praise includes:
Everyone: Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Everywhere: From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.
All the time: But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!"

That's you and me today. Let's not let any stones take our place!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen C. Weber

Brooksyne's prayer: Jesus, I want to praise You, my great Redeemer, for who You are and for Your acts of kindness seen many times throughout my day.  I never cease to praise You because You never cease to work on my behalf.  Your mercy and love, Your strength and comfort, Your sustaining power and guiding hand are only a tiny fraction of the many reasons that lead me to praise You.  Instead of a murmuring and ungrateful attitude, I want to join with the multitude of believers and sing of my great Redeemer's praise!

"Praise to the Lord"  This song powerfully reinforces today's message and Brooksyne had it open as she prepared her prayer

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