Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Jesus’ ministry had continued, and he had not been crucified? That could never have happened because Jesus was destined for the moment of his death and resurrection. But at this high point in his ministry, people were really getting into it and seeing him for who he was.
Word had spread about what Jesus was doing, how he was teaching, healing performing miracles, and not cowering to the religious leaders. The people were so hungry for this kind of leadership. Yet, they were also dreaming of a mighty king who would rescue them from their oppression. Jesus would rescue them but in a way they weren’t expecting.
We read that the people began praising God for all that they had witnessed Jesus do. We should have the same gratitude and shout our praises to God. He is still doing mighty things, but maybe not like we are expecting. Our joy needs to overflow like the people chanting, “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!” When was the last time you praised like that?
I loved Jesus’ comment to those wanting him to shush the people. There was so much joy and celebration going on,“if they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” Now that would have been a sight to behold! It speaks to the incredulous response Jesus was getting from these people. How likely was it that they could keep their praise to themselves, about as likely as the stones beneath their feet jumping for joy! The whole earth should sing praises to God for the things he has done, is doing and will do.
What does your praise life look like? Is it just on Sunday mornings? Or do you praise every day? Several times a day? Do you need to wait for something great to happen before you give glory to God? That’s when it’s easy to praise -even folks that aren’t really believers will say “Thank God” when something good happens. But oh what joy for us believers when we see God at work. Lots of thanksgiving and praise is going on then!
We shouldn’t wait for the miracles or the good outcomes to ignite our praise and thanksgiving. Our heart should be overflowing with gratefulness at all times. We only need to think of all Jesus has done for us — God’s sacrifice to the world. Take some time today to ponder this and you’ll soon well up inside with joy.
Let’s pray. Father God I come to you with praise and thanksgiving for all that you have done for me. You have showed me the way, and now I must live in your truth as you have given me life. May my words and actions be pleasing to you. This joy is bursting inside when I recall all that you have done for me. I can’t keep still. I will look forward to a word from you and your direction for my day. May I encourage those who need encouragement and celebrate with those who have found your peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen.