“As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” Luke 19:37-40
This was no ordinary entry to Jerusalem. This was not ordinary praise. In fact, the entire city was stirred and had people asking about who Jesus was. As Jesus was on His way to ransom His life for ours, His disciples began to praise God for all the mighty works they had seen.
When was the last time you made some noise? Will you also take a moment to reflect on all that the Lord has done, will you praise Him for His goodness and mercy? What mighty works have you seen or experienced?
As we approach Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday), may we not get caught up in all the preparations and traditions that we miss the Lord’s visitation. May we not become so distracted with traditions and entertainment that we forget to praise Him. Let us not become like those who “leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:8)
Does it seem impossible to praise God? Is life so hard and difficult that you see no reason to raise a hallelujah?
“ …what do you do when life becomes so dark that it seems impossible to praise God? How do you lift your voice to the Lord in praise when your husband has left you or your daughter has terminal cancer? How do you praise God when you have just received word that your loved one has met a sudden death?”
“You begin by realizing that praise is a sacrifice — an offering to the Lord. It does not lessen our sorrow or, in many cases, change our immediate circumstances. It will, however, bring light to our darkness — a light that Satan cannot extinguish.” Dr. Michael Youssef
Don’t let the rocks cry out because you are withholding your praise. The enemy wants to silence you, he knows the power that lies in your praise. Do not let the disappointments of life drown out the sound of the coming King.
He is Risen. The King is coming again.
Hosanna in the highest!
“And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.” 2 Chron. 20:22
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous acts of your deeds of salvation all the day for their number is past my knowledge.” Psalm 71:14-15
The air is still. Heaven silenced As Jesus journeys to Jerusalem A donkey awaits Him, Palm branches and cloaks Thrown at a whim Isn’t there another way? A bull or goat won’t do? Only a spotless lamb, A Beloved Son To take my place. Nails tore through his Hands The thorns piercing his scalp Splinters in His back He saw me, He saw you Do you now understand? His blood was shed He was thought to be dead The angels began to say One, two, three A stone was rolled away He is Risen. He is Risen. Death where is your sting? The angels sing Worthy is the Lamb honor and praise we bring Written by Andrea Rodriguez