PSALM SUNDAY – HOW LONG WILL YOU PRAISE HIM?
On this Palm Sunday, we bring our praises to Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are grateful that we are able to open our mouths to give Him the praise He so richly deserves. We pray that our praises are filled with gratitude and that they are offered not just on this day, but every day of our lives. We can never stop praising Him for He is worthy of all our praise. I would argue strongly that for many, after today, our praises would disappear. I do not say that to be judgmental, but we have seen evidence throughout this world that our praises for the Lord sometimes is hard to find. So, today’s question for us all is, how long will our praises last? The scripture reference for this devotion is Luke 19:38.
“Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”
We see this familiar story as recorded in Luke’s gospel. Jesus makes His way into Jerusalem as the crowds spread garments on the road and hail Him. They shout and sing as they catch a glimpse of Him. We know that their praises did not last long. Only a few days later, this same crowd would cry out “crucify Him.” Jesus did not allow those praises take Him off His course. Jesus knew what was ahead of Him. He made His way throughout the city. It is amazing that when you read this story in spite of all the plots and schemes and traps laid for Him on His way to Calvary, the Master continued to go toward suffering on the behalf of His people. Dr. Tony Campolo, the great preacher, would say, “It is Friday, but Sunday is coming.” Throughout this week, give Jesus praise. In fact, for the rest of your life, give Him praise for we know the conclusion of this story will be told on Sunday.