It’s not every day that you’ll hear someone shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna!”. It’s a word that isn’t used in our everyday lives, but I believe that it should be. Let’s look at this week’s verse:
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
First of all, how incredible would it be to witness Jesus coming into Jerusalem? Talk about a crazy experience! These people who stood in the dusty, crowded streets of Jerusalem were welcoming the King himself. They lifted up their praises, while laying down their cloaks and palm branches to pave a path for Jesus.
Now today, we don’t necessarily have the experience to welcome a tangible, physical Jesus into our city, but we can do something just as amazing. We can welcome Him into our very own hearts. And that is something worth praising Him about.
The word hosanna is used many times throughout the Bible as an exclamation of praise and adoration. It’s a word we should use to thank and praise God for all He is and all He has done in our lives. Sometimes when we are struggling, it’s hard to thank God. You might find yourself at times questioning what God is doing in your life, but let me challenge you to praise in the midst of praise. Lift up your praise. Lift up your hosanna.