“They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” ~ Matt 21:7-9
“The blind and the lame came to him at the temple and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”, they were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?”, they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.” ~ Matt 21:15-16
If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time, no doubt you have heard the term Hosanna. It is used in songs and generally is a term associated with praise. Recently, when reading a Jewish Bible commentary, I came across that the meaning of Hosanna is literally, ” Please! Save us!” It was used as a shout of acclamation acknowledging that Jesus was the Messiah and had the power and authority of God. They were shouting it as not just acknowledgement, but also as a plea for help…..and in this, Jesus referred to this as praise.
It isn’t about us. We know that. But sometimes, we try too hard to not make it about us. We try hard to only honor Him by suffering and not asking for deliverance. We want to be pure and praise Jesus without an ulterior motive. This isn’t necessarily bad, but when we work so hard in being selfless in our praise, we forget that we need Him and His deliverance or else we will cave under the cursedness that we live with in this world. The above scripture shows us that calling out to be saved is a form of praise. It is acknowledging the One who has the power to save . It is praise to bring our lives at His feet for care and safe keeping. What we consider as neediness God has considered a form of praise from His small ones…..us. I would rather be a small one calling out to God daily to deliver me from the bondage of this cursed world than to be a big one tough, strong, never needing anything and never experiencing the touch of God.
One other small note, as someone who is by nature a fairly independent person, I often forget that leaning on and looking to God doesn’t equal it being God and I against the world. This means that I have to let others in my secret of being needy. This means that God uses us to minister to each other and to meet each others needs. It’s part of unity. It comes with being part of the Body of Christ. It’s through His church that God, much of the time, chooses to move.