Wednesday, April 05, 2006

A Palm Sunday Worshipper

Hosanna! He is our King! We lift up palms in praise to Your name. The Son of David is here with us today.

Can you imagine the sounds and sights of that first Palm Sunday? Jesus riding in to Jerusalem on a donkey. The disciples walking as a parade behind Him. Crowds parting to let Jesus pass. A make-shift "red carpet" of garments and palm leaves for his path. Worshippers enjoying a moment of sweet abandon, living solely in the moment of this glorious triumphal entry.

Often, in our Passion Week celebrations, we skip right over Palm Sunday to get to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. But if you think about it, the spirit of Palm Sunday is the very worship we should offer our King on a weekly, yea daily basis. Do we see in Jesus what the worshippers of Palm Sunday saw as He passed their way? They knew Who He was, risked being mocked for worshipping Him in public, and even gave up earthly possessions to give Jesus an entrance fit for a King.

Do we spend enough time focusing on the kingly virtues of our Savior? My desire is to meditate on why I worship Him. It's not just about being thankful for all He's done for me, but more about praising Him for Who He is. His attributes are perfection personified. His heart is compassion made alive. And His desire is obedience exemplified. What a God! What a Savior! What a KING!

"And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strewed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." ~Matthew 21:8-9

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