Inspired by Eddy Mann’s song “Beautiful Day”
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Imagine for a moment, the local radio station that you listen to every day and absolutely loved, announced a huge contest to win front row tickets to the biggest most amazing rock concert of the year. They give the cue to call and to your surprise, you won! You are so excited! You call all of your friends announcing your BIG WIN, and how pumped you are to go. The day finally arrives for the concert and you are psyched. You jump in your car and drive to the venue. As you walk through the parking lot, you can hear the sounds of praise and adoration to God, fill the air with the sweetest most beautiful sounds the world has ever heard. You start to run as fast as you can to get inside, you don’t want to miss a second of the action. You finally make your way inside and your jaw drops as your eyes take a gaze at the stage filled with rocks of all shapes and sizes, trees swaying back and forth, and flowers dancing in perfect unison to the music. Flashed on the big screen read the following words, “If they keep quiet, the rocks will cry out” Luke 19:40. As you look around at the crowd of people in attendance, you soon notice that all the people are just standing around lifeless, with blank stares on their face completely oblivious to what is going on around them. That’s when you hear the voice of your pastor from Sunday morning’s sermon echo in your head saying, “If we withhold our praise, the Bible tells us that even the rocks will cry out because His presence demands praise!” Though this is a fictional story, there’s a lot of truth to be learned from this story.
Praise is our way of thanking God for all the things he has done for us. Joy is an intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness. I truly believe that praise and joy are related! They can be manifest in many ways: smiles, laughter, clapping, dancing, singing, etc. The Bible says that our only purpose for being on this earth is, the reason we were created by God was to worship Him.
The trees are a wonderful example of this. When the morning mist is settled upon their leaves, their branches are seen reaching toward heaven, glimmering in the sunlight, drinking in the freshness each new morning gives them. In that, they find the strength to reach just a little higher than the day before as a result of the nourishing and refreshness they receive as daily provision from their Maker! In the noontime, when the sun is hot and bearing down upon them, their branches can be seen reaching even higher toward the source of light. Trees respond to the blistering heat of the midday sun by reaching toward it, not holding back away from it, knowing that the fiery trial brings with it an invitation and provision for growth and health like no other time of day! The heat actually provokes praise! But, finally, in the peaceful evening of the day when the sun is painting the sky with the artistry unequalled by mankind, setting and calm rests upon its busy boughs, the trees are still pointing toward the heavens. Gently hushed from the day’s winds and heat, having been a magnificent dwelling place for the birds and a refreshing shade for the grass, the tree still stands still, rooted, and grounded never ceasing their example of total praise and adoration of the Creator! Trees respond to the presence of sunlight; the leaves can almost be seen following the sun as it changes position in the heavens during the course of each day.
From trees we can learn a wonderful lesson. By following the sun (the Son) we have the opportunity to find ourselves responding to His presence moment by moment during the day with an attitude of praise. We do this with our time, our voice, our money, our ability to work and create, or just a simple acknowledgement that He is in charge. We shouldn’t be ashamed to worship God. Our thankfulness and praise should exude from our being in all that we do. Take a few extra moments this week and listen to God speaking through the entire created world around you. The rocks are crying out. Take a moment to stop and listen to them, and then join them in declaring the Glory of our marvelous God!
Scripture for today’s devotional:
37 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: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40)
“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12)
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddy Mann is the worship leader at Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley, PA. “Beautiful Day” can be found on his new CD titled “Who We Are,” which can be found on iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon and always at live events. For more information about Eddy Mann visit his website at www.eddymann.com
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