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Five Smooth Stones

riverrockI’ve written about Rich Mullins before.  He was an amazing song writer, singer, and follower of Jesus.  His music continues to impact me nearly every day.

One song that smacked me around a little the other day is called “What Trouble are Giants”.  In this song, Rich tells the story of David, the “scrawny little shepherd”  going out to fight the “record-breaking mammoth of a man Who was a killing machine”.  The line that got me says David left Saul’s armor “by the river, where he gather five smooth stones.  I guess it’s safe to say he figured, he wasn’t going out alone.”

Man, what faith!  I always assumed David got the extra stones for back-up.  Rich saw it a different way.  He knew that David’s “back-up” was going out onto the battlefield with him.  The final line of the song – David wasn’t scared “‘Cause he was smart enough to know It’s more the size of who you put your faith in Than the size of your foe.

I put my faith in so many dumb things – as if 5 smooth stones can win any battles.  Oh, how I need to learn from David: “I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel.”  And from Rich: “When you’re fighting for Zion And you’re on the Lord’s side I think you’re gonna find [Giants] ain’t no trouble at all.  They ain’t no trouble at all.”

What “giant” do you need to stop battling with stones and come against in the name of the LORD Almighty?



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Juxtaposition – (n) – an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.


I was skipping through Rich Mullins on my iPod today (as I do many days) and somehow played “Nothing is Beyond You” and “You Did Not Have a Home” back to back.  Think about that…

“Nothing is beyond You
You stand beyond the reach
Of our vain imaginations
Our misguided piety
The heavens stretch to hold You
And deep cries out to deep
Singing that nothing is beyond You
Nothing is beyond You”

And then follow that up with…

“Birds have nests, foxes have dens
But the hope of the whole world rests
On the shoulders of a homeless man
You had the shoulders of a homeless man
You did not have a home”

I’m amazed that our God – Whom the heavens can’t contain – came to this place to be a homeless man!

Which truth (God’s bigness or Jesus’ homelessness) is more meaningful to you right now?  Why?


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