Hosanna – God Save Us!

Liturgy of the Palms (March 24, 2013)

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Luke 19:28-40

palm-sunday-1Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Let all Israel repeat:
“His faithful love endures forever.”

19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter,
and I will go in and thank the Lord.
20 These gates lead to the presence of the Lord,
and the godly enter there.
21 I thank you for answering my prayer
and giving me victory!

22 The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
24 This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Please, Lord, please save us.
    Please, Lord, please give us success.
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, shining upon us.
Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you!
You are my God, and I will exalt you!

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

We often think of “Hosanna” as a word of praise.  Many years ago our choir sang a song called “We Cry Hosanna” as the crowd welcomed Jesus.  Because of the way we often use the word “hosanna,” I believe most people think the same way.  However, last year about this time, we learned that hosanna means God save us.  The people gathered in Jerusalem were longing and looking for a king – a king who would come through the gate that Jesus came through that morning.  Little did they know that Jesus was a king and that he was coming to save them and us.

This Sunday we are singing Paul Baloche’s “Hosanna” which goes:

Hosanna hosanna
You are the God who saves us
Worthy of all our praises
Hosanna hosanna
Come have Your way among us
We welcome You here Lord Jesus

I think this really helps define what the people were looking for and really what we as a people should be looking for in Jesus.  I encourage you to think about this as you celebrate Palm Sunday this week.

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