I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting:
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
Praise for the Incarnation.
John Newton (1725–1807)
Sweeter sounds than music knows
Charm me, in Emmanuel’s name;
All her hopes my spirit owes
To his birth, and cross, and shame.
When he came the angels sang
“Glory be to God on high,”
Lord, unloose my stamm’ring tongue,
Who should louder sing than I.
Did the Lord a man become
That he might the law fulfil,
Bleed and suffer in my room,
And canst thou, my tongue, be still.
No, I must my praises bring,
Though they worthless are, and weak;
For should I refuse to sing
Sure the very stones would speak.
O my Savior, Shield, and Sun,
Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend,
Ev'ry precious name in one;
I will love thee without end.
—Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.