Are the Rocks Crying Out?

by Joanna Pierce on July 19, 2017

The other day when I was in a time of prayer with the Lord, a spirit of worship came over me. I normally worship and praise the Lord at various times throughout my prayer session, but this was a stronger urgency, one I have felt many times.

My weeping and praise was a bit loud, but I was impressed by the Spirit to grow louder still. In a moment of such boisterous praise to the Lord, I mentally pondered what my neighbors would think if they came too close to my house. The sound of my shouting and crying would assuredly alarm any passersby.

However, my heart became saddened at the thought. Such loud praise to the Lord isn’t common in all of our circles—in fact, some of you reading this very post may be thinking I’ve very well lost my mind. I know a lot of you worship and praise the Lord, but do you all do it loudly? If you don’t, why not?

I wondered for a while why I felt such urgency impressed upon my spirit, and later the Lord revealed an alarming truth to me:

And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out (Luke 19:37–40, KJV, emphasis added).

Jesus told the Pharisees if people didn’t praise Him, the rocks would cry out. I’d even argue that Jesus said if people neglected to praise Him loudly, the stones would. Peace in this Scripture setting is the Greek word siópaó, which means quiet. I’m reading into an implied truth here, but could this mean if we don’t praise God in a higher decibel, nature will do it for us?

I began to think about the various natural disasters I’ve read and heard about in the past few years, and some even very recently. Nature seems to be in turmoil rendering an onslaught of volcanic eruptions, landslides, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, and the like. Not one of these manifestations is quiet—they’re all loud and obnoxious by human standards.

I realize we’re told in the last days we’d see an increase in natural disasters (Matthew 24:17), but I believe the Lord opened my eyes to a critical concern. Could it be that the rocks—nature—is crying out loudly in the only way it knows how, in worship to the King of kings because humans aren’t doing it? Is what we perceive to be a terrible, frightening noise, actually nature singing beautiful praises to the Lord of glory?

If humans actually did what we were created and admonished to do, the world (i.e., nature) just might be a little more peaceful. If we worshipped and praised the Lord loudly, nothing else would need to do it in our place. Even the very dust could keep quiet (Psalms 30:9) if we were loud in our praise!

A call for loud worship has already gone out to the people of God from Jesus Himself. Are we ready to fulfill our calling, or let a rock cry out in our place? I’m going to be loud. How about you?