A celebration word that exalts God – a high praise word.
When “thank-you Lord” and “praise God” seem weak and unsatisfactory, we can dig deep and find that perfect word – Hosanna.
The crowds who hailed Jesus as the long-promised Messiah and led His procession into Jerusalem one week before the crucifixion shouted that word – Hosanna.
They had watched Him relieve the afflicted of demons and sickness. Their hearts had burned within them as they listened to His teaching. They said, “No man has ever taught like this man.”
Joy overcame them. They spread their cloaks on the ground as a carpet for Him. They sliced branches, laid them on the road to cushion his ride. They danced, sang and shouted,
According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance (a book thick enough to stand on to reach a high cupboard), Hosanna is used only six times in the Bible – three times by Matthew, twice by Mark and once by John.
Hosanna is a marvellous word. It stirs the Spirit. It’s a word perfectly suited to Jesus and to no one else. Besides being a praise word, it can also mean “save us,” or “help us.”
Do you need His help? Cry out “Hosanna!”
Is your heart filled with thanks? Shout, “Hosanna!”
Whatever your troubles, be encouraged today. Jesus moves continually in the background of history and He moves in the foreground of your life. Those prayers that seemed to have gone unanswered are not forgotten.
“Hosanna in the highest!”