The Stones Will Cry Out

Photo by Ryan, My Guitar

Hello friends and family, and God bless you all! It has been a tough week already. With everything going on in our country, many believers are feeling discouraged and hard pressed by the persecution and hatred we are experiencing. Yesterday, I didn’t write because I was even dealing with some discouragement from religious Pharisee types. This post will not be about that because today the Lord lifted up my heart with a time of worship. Even in these dark times, it is fitting to praise the Lord for He is worthy of our praise at all times. His joy is our strength, and there is great joy and power in praising the Lord.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

-2 Corinthians 4:8-9

The Lord knew my heart was heavy, so He urged me to get out my guitar today. I haven’t played in a very long time. Many of you probably don’t even know that I play guitar. I don’t talk about it often, but I love jamming out with the Lord and singing praises to Him. I make up my own songs and just let the Spirit flow.

Today I cried out for mercy and justice to be poured out. As I sang to Jesus, the Holy Spirit washed over me and it was beautiful! I will call the song “Jesus Christ is Lord.” There is great power in our praise to the Lord and I encourage all believers to lift their voices to Him and worship Him in the power of the Spirit! The Lord will lift you up and encourage your heart and soul!

As I sang to Him, I was caught up in the Spirit, and I thought about the verse that talks about the stones crying out if we are silent. I also thought about the verses that talk about the trees, animals, and all of creation singing praises to the Lord. I sang some of those verses to the Lord as they came to my mind and I gave Him praise!

“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:

“Blessed is the king who comes in the

name of Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the

highest!”

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Luke 19:37-40

Jesus is so powerful and worthy of our praise that if we remain silent, even the stones will sing praises to Him! Think about that amazing truth for a moment!

“Praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD from the heavens,

praise him in the heights above.

Praise him, all his angels,

praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon,

praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavens

and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the LORD,

for he commanded and they were

created.

He set them in place for ever and ever;

he gave a decree that will never pass

away.

Praise the LORD from the earth,

you great sea creatures and all ocean

depths,

lightning and hail, snow and clouds,

stormy winds that do his bidding,

you mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars,

wild animals and all cattle,

small creatures and flying birds,

kings of the earth and all nations,

you princes and all rulers on earth,

young men and maidens,

old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the LORD,

for his name alone is exalted;

his splendor is above the earth and

the heavens.

He has raised up for his people a

horn,

the praise of all his saints,

of Israel, the people close to his

heart.

Praise the LORD.”

-Psalm 148:1-14

If we remain silent, all of creation will sing praise to His Holy Name! Blessed be the Name of the Lord! May our praise be pleasing to Him, and may He encourage and strengthen our hearts as we praise His Holy Name!

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his

name;

make known among the nations what

he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;

tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the

LORD rejoice.

Look to the LORD and his strength;

seek his face always.”

-1 Chronicles 16:8-11

“Sing to the LORD, all the earth;

proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous deeds among all

peoples.

For great is the LORD and most worthy

of praise;

he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols,

but the LORD made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him;

strength and joy in his dwelling

place.

Ascribe to the LORD, O families of

nations,

ascribe to the LORD glory and

strength,

ascribe to the LORD the glory due his

name.

Bring an offering and come before him;

worship the LORD in the splendor of

his holiness.

Tremble before him, all the earth!

The world is firmly established; it

cannot be moved.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be

glad;

let them say among the nations, “The

LORD reigns!”

Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;

let the fields be jubilant, and

everything in them!

Then the trees of the forest will sing,

they will sing for joy before the LORD,

for he comes to judge the earth.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

his love endures forever.”

-1 Chronicles 16:23-34

How beautiful and fitting it truly is to praise the Lord! When your heart is heavy and you feel dismayed, put your hope in the Lord and give Him praise! Let Him lift you up and you will soar on wings like eagles once again!

No matter who persecutes us, judges us, or points their fingers at us, we will trust in the Lord and He will never let us down. May the darkness and discouragement of this world never drag us down! May the false preachers, unbelievers, and Pharisees never steal our joy! Keep calling on His Name, keep preaching the truth of His Holy Word, keep sharing the Gospel, and keep declaring His praise! May His Holy will be done and may His Name be glorified forever and ever! Jesus Christ is Lord!

“Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.”

-Psalm 43:5

Do not lose hope, the Lord is with us! He alone is God and every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father!

No ruler on earth is more powerful than the Lord! No darkness can withstand His glorious light and power! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Amen! Praise the Lord!

Grace and peace to you all!

Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2021 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

50 thoughts on “The Stones Will Cry Out”

  1. My brother God bless you, remind me of the ancient path, the sound doctrine, those times of vigils, those times of faith and courage, this is the time to awaken and worship the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and truth.
    John 4:23
    But the hour comes, and now it is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; because also the Father such worshippers seek to be worshipped.
    24 God is spirit; and those who worship Him, in spirit and in truth, need to worship….

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  2. I’ll share with you this anthem of a Puerto Rican singer named Rene Gonzalez.

    Only your Grace

    I’ve passed through the valley of death
    and when I shout your name I’m reborn again
    I’ve sat in the shadow of oblivion
    but your radiant light makes me understand
    that I am the righteousness of God, that my captivity removed
    will fall a thousand to my right hand
    but I’m still confident, they won’t touch me
    because my faith is not based on comments, or on them to say
    he has made me victorious and his right hand I sit.

    Only your grace has sustained me
    only your grace has sustained me
    you’ve made me understand that I don’t have to fear
    that my faith is enough and I will overcome
    only your grace has sustained me
    only your grace has sustained me
    and even in my weakness your power becomes stronger
    and your grace is the power that sustains me.

    It doesn’t matter what they say.
    no matter what you do, nothing will stop me.

    Only your grace has sustained me
    only your grace has sustained me
    you’ve made me understand that I don’t have to fear
    that my faith is enough and I will overcome
    only your grace has sustained me
    only your grace has sustained me
    and even in my weakness your power becomes stronger
    and your grace is the power that sustains me.

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  3. Amen and amen. Praise the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever.
    Thanks Lord God for giving Ryan such an important reminder for all of the body to erupt in praise. We praise You and thank You for Your bountiful gifts and endless love. Bless Your son, Ryan, as he continues to proclaim the truths of Your word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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  4. “Thank you, Lord, for the peace beyond all understanding that You give to us when we fix our eyes and heart on You.” Praise God!

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  5. Thank you, Jesus, for moving Ryan’s spirit as you did! Thank you Jesus, for knowing us so well you give our spirit exactly what we need to hear!! Amen! I think about all of us together today as a whole…God’s church, reading, singing, and praising God together
    as we read your post, Ryan. What a “beautiful, jump for joy, sing out loud, thank you, Lord!” sermon we received today from you and the Holy Spirit. As I write this, I find myself singing, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”! Amen. Praise God. Thank you God for Ryan’s healing!!

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  6. We just moved this year but left a half ton rock in the yard that we painted in big letters “If you don’t, I will”
    I wonder if the new owners will get it?
    Good testimony and encouragement during these times Ryan

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  7. I must confess that I was once who was always glued to the “news” and ready to voice my opposition to injustice, hypocrisy, and manipulation. But I have long opted out of that attitude and enter one of thanksgiving and praise. The results have been overwhelmingly peaceful with more strength and Holy Spirit power to intercede for those who are rebelliously following the way of eternal death. His presence does make a difference, especially when it comes to perspective and actual engagement. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

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    1. Amen, Joe! The Lord has been teaching me that recently. I write strong posts speaking truth about the things going on in this world sometimes, but I must keep my focus on Him and not allow the problems in this world to make me angry or get me down. God bless you!

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  8. Ryan, that is so awesome you play the guitar! Each morning, following my quiet time with God (I keep adding how many devotions I think I can do in one day) I play worship music on the big TV with YouTube. Having grown up in a musical family (always singing at church), I’m drawn to any music that lifts up the name of Christ. The worship, combined with prayer, is powerful. I have a little ukulele (years ago I played the guitar and love playing the piano) that I will stop and sing songs at times. Literally, when I open my door each day to take out my pup I say, “Welcome Jesus to my home!” He is with me all the time. He walks with me. He goes on my hikes. He’s speaking to me when I’m doing the mundane . Even when I stretch, I’m stretching towards him. I feel his arm around my shoulder and when I need to cry, I can curl up in his lap. By keeping my focus on him I can see others better with the thoughts, traits, and posture of Jesus. What do others do without faith? I can’t imagine. May others feel the power of Christ in their lives through a miracle. Perhaps through these challenges. May more seek his face and feel his love. Thank you for all you do to encourage us. God bless you and yours!

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      1. You’re so welcome! It indeed was a blessing. Grandpa preached in so many little churches in our area. And Ryan, he would’ve loved you! Sometimes I didn’t get a choice. He’d call us up in the middle of a sermon sometimes if he felt like it. 🙂 You’re a blessing for his kingdom! I’m a hit and miss on WP as some days I never get to it. But I’m always so happy to see that you are healthy and spreading the faith.

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      2. Thank you so much for the encouragement, all glory to God! God is so good, and I’ve been feeling much better lately! He is really healing me! Thank you for your prayers! Your Grandpa sounds like a wonderful man. I would have loved listening to his sermons. Blessings!

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  9. Thank you for sharing this. It is such a beautiful to praise God. This morning, after my prayers, I had seen a bird sitting on the fence and this thought popped in my heart; “we all praise God together!” God is awesome!

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