Psalm 118:1-4, 29: What will you say?


Psalm 118:2-4

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Austrian Briar Rose | Mercer Botanical Garden | March 2023

On Palm Sunday people called out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” But not everyone. There were those who had other things to say. Upon seeing the spectacle, some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” (Luke 19:39-40) John records others saying, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” (John 12:19). Not everyone is happy and celebrating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, much less into their lives.

We are all called on to let others know what Jesus has done; whether it seems good to them or not. And you never can tell who will be happy or sad. You can never tell who will welcome Jesus or who will not. The most respectable people of Jesus’ day wanted nothing to do with him. They realized that he would turn their world upside down. They realized that their little fiefdoms would be shaken to their foundations. They knew they could no longer ignore the needy, refuse justice to the poor, or use their positions of power for their own benefit. No matter. The people on Palm Sunday called out in praise to God for their king who was coming in the name of the Lord.

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