Hosanna! A shout of praise or adoration; an acclamation. Praise is the offering of grateful respect or reverence rendered in words or song; as an act of worship. The crowd cried Hosanna in the streets on what we celebrate this Sunday as Palm Sunday.
Most know the story of Jesus riding through the streets on a donkey being praised and adored; palm branches lining the streets. Matthew 21.9 tells us ‘And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.’ In Luke 19.39-40, the story continues how the religious leaders tried to stop the praise – “some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ to which Jesus replied ‘I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.'” Creation praises God every moment. So will I.
The greatest adoration for our God is to praise Him. Praise flows from a grateful heart and demonstrates our love for God. In fact, praise is one of the greatest weapons against attacks of the enemy. The gates of hell cannot resist against our worship and praise. The devil is no match for the praise we give to God. I have experienced relief from tormenting anxiety and depression if I just sing a song of praise to the God I love.
The account of Paul and Silas being imprisoned shows how mighty our praise to God is – “..but about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them, suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the very foundations of the prison were shaken; and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s shackles were unfastened.” Acts 16.25-26. Our chains also come loose and we cannot be stopped in any way from healing, restoration, financial blessing, answered prayers, freedom from addictions, depression, and other tormenting things around us. Praise is powerful.
Psalms mentions praising God at least 150 times and I find Psalm 150 tells us best –
Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; Praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, Praise Him with the harp and lyre, Praise Him with timbrel and dancing, Praise Him with the strings and pipe, Praise Him with the clash of cymbals, Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. AMEN
Happy Palm Sunday everyone.
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