Let The Rocks Cry Out

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Bloodshed follows bloodshed,
There’s no knowledge of God,
Swearing, stealing, and adultery,
No one faithful in love.

The law is forgotten,
And the truth is in doubt,
The Lord Jesus is rejected,
By the lost preacher’s mouth.

So let the rocks cry out,
And resolve to be firm,
To praise the God of Salvation,
‘Til the day He returns.

Bloodshed follows bloodshed,
For the cleansing of sin,
And there is no other Savior,
Who can rescue lost men.

And this God is faithful,
His promises endure,
He is certain as the sunrise,
And His coming is sure.

So let the rocks cry out,
And resolve to be firm,
To praise the God of Salvation,
‘Til the day He returns.

Behind the lines

As found in the book of Hosea, there is a pattern in the Old Testament of God’s people turning away and then coming back to Him because of His faithfulness to them.

The rocks referenced here have double meaning. Physical rocks (Luke 19:40) crying out, and Christians who are living stones being built up as a spiritual house because of Christ the Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:5).

If the children of God do not cry out in praise and stand firm on the Truth, let the (physical) rocks cry out in honor of Him.

And Sing To Him

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We need not fear His judgment throne,
For Christ is our refuge song,
Send praises to the Righteous One,
And sing to Him.

Let the ends of the earth rejoice,
Come together with one voice,
Send praises to the Righteous One,
And sing to Him.

Sing of life to the Creator,
Sing of birth and a manger,
Sing of wrath on perfection,
Sing of the resurrection,

Those repentant, all who believe,
Who by grace have eyes to see,
Send praises to the Righteous One,
And Sing to Him.

Give glory to the name of the LORD,
He will return, His Word is sure,
Send praises to the Righteous One,
And sing to Him.

We need not fear His judgment throne,
For Christ is our refuge song…

Behind the lines

Isaiah 24 tells of great judgment on sinful creation where singing and music cease (v8-9) and temporal joy has grown dark (v11), but there is salvation for the saints and they begin to sing (v14-16a).

They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
over the majesty of the LORD they shout from the west.

Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD;
in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.

From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,
of glory to the Righteous One.
(Isaiah 24:14-16a ESV)

What a beautiful picture of God’s grace in the midst of judgment. For all who are in Christ need not fear His judgment because we are His and His alone. This great truth makes us sing and rejoice. But Isaiah, who sees the corruption, terror, and devastation all around is unable to join in at first. He says in v16b:

But I say, “I waste away,
I waste away. Woe is me!
For the traitors have betrayed,
with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.”
(Isaiah 24:14-16 ESV)

However, as we move on to Chapters 25 & 26, Isaiah reaffirms his confidence in the Sovereign and He is able to rejoice:

O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
(Isaiah 25:1 ESV)

He goes on to write, “let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation (v9).” And then in Chapter 26 he gives us a song that will be sung in the land which includes these famous verses:

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.

Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
(Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV)

May we never forget this great salvation, especially in the midst of a sinful world facing devastating judgment. May He cause us to “send praises…And sing to Him.” Amen.

Not Yet

 

 

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Tall trees create morning shadows on a sleepy Saturday,
Waking, yawning, and stretching leafless limbs in the sun,
As rays climb their backs massaging away winter’s chill bumps.

A mockingbird fills the breeze with a harmony of persistence,
Calling, calling, waiting, and longing for another,
Still calling, calling, waiting, longing, for spring to answer.

Behind the lines

What have you waited for and finally received? What joy did it bring?

Are you still waiting?

May we long for the Savior’s return.

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