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Palm Sunday: praising God

As we begin Holy Week and approach Easter, we are delighted to share a short series of devotionals from OMF worker Hang Naulak. From India, but now serving in Thailand, Hang will be helping us reflect on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

‘The crowds that 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 heaven!”
(Matthew 21:9)

During his earthly ministry of around three years, Jesus had just a single day when people exalted, praised and longed for him, which we call Palm Sunday. One of the things that caught my attention was how people expressed their praises to the Lord Jesus.

In Matthew 21 we read how people were longing for Jesus. They shouted out loud from the bottom of their hearts because they knew something of who Jesus was. The crowd would have heard some of Jesus’ ministry and would have been looking for the right opportunity to praise him.
Praising God does not depend on our circumstances. Some people praise God from their sickbed, inside a hut, on a busy road or market because these people know that he is real. As we praise God, he has all of our hearts, as we humbly bow before him.

Dear friends, do you want to have deeper intimacy with God? The answer is to humbly bow before the Lord and give praise to him:
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure (Isaiah 25:1 ESV).

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