There are many things in life that cause us to “cry out” to the Lord. In fact, when we enter His presence, we are admonished to “come before his presence with singing”, to “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise…and bless his name.” (Psalms 100:2,4). Crying out in worship is simply a part of what we do when we come into the presence of the Lord.
There are many other examples in scripture, however, that indicate other reasons for crying out. The Syrophenician woman in Matthew 15 cried out to Jesus because her daughter was grievously vexed with a devil. Blind Bartemeus cried out to the Lord for help and healing in Mark 10. The ten lepers “lifted up their voice” to the Lord for healing in Luke 17. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, glorified God with a LOUD voice, and returned to the feet of Jesus to worship, giving him thanks.
Psalms 34:15 says, “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” Psalms 34:17 tells us that “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” I wonder sometimes if the Lord allows trouble in our lives, because He wants us to cry out! He desires to deliver us from whatever comes our way, every day. And He will do it, He desires to do it, He is listening for your cry to call Him to do it! I am so thankful for a delivering God.
But one of the greatest lessons on “crying out”, in my opinion, is found in Luke 19, when Jesus is coming into Jerusalem in an event that is sometimes called the “triumphal entry.” Many disciples have gathered to worship him as He enters the city, and have gotten a little “beside themselves” in their open display of worship and affection. So much so, that the Pharisees in the crowd commanded Jesus to “rebuke” His disciples. His very familiar answer is this, found in verse 40: “And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Now, you may say, “That’s ridiculous! How can the stones cry out? And what would they say, even if they could cry out?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s listen in to the testimony service at the “ROCK” Church:
“I was the stone that Jacob made into a pillow the night he saw the Angels…”
“I was a stone at the bottom of the Jordan River, uncovered when God’s people walked across, and was set up as a memorial to remember God’s deliverance…”
“Me and 4 of my brothers were just hanging around in the brook when we were taken up, and I was put in a sling, and buried in the head of a giant…”
“I was the rock that followed around the children of Israel and brought forth water for them…”
“I was the stone they rolled away to let out Lazarus when Jesus called him out…”
“I was the stone the Angel rolled away to show that Jesus was alive!”
You’d better believe that the stones have something to say! But their testimony is not greater than mine, and it’s not greater than yours, if the Lord has delivered you! We are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb, and the WORD of our TESTIMONY – don’t let the rocks take your place! They do have a testimony – but so do you. Exercise your opportunity today, to CRY OUT to the Lord! He’s listening…and ready to step in and work in your life! Let Him do it, today!