In Luke 19, the time has finally come for Jesus to enter Jerusalem one last time and trigger the events that would ultimately lead to his crucifixion and later, his resurrection. This “triumphal entry” is a fulfillment of prophecy as the true King rides into the capital city and home of the temple. He rides in on a humble donkey but his disciples and others line the streets waving palm branches and shouting “Hosanna! Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” As you can imagine, this was a pretty bold thing to say in the current political climate. So some of the Pharisees shout to Jesus that he needs to rebuke these disciples and get them to stop saying things like that. Jesus responds in verse 40, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” That verse pumps me up – Jesus is telling these religious leaders that the very creation itself will praise Him – the firstborn of that creation and the one who holds it together.
That line was the inspiration for the chorus of this latest song called “Praise the Lord.” If we fail to praise God, we will miss out, but God will still get the praise due His great name. And what is it that makes God worthy of such praise? One of the easiest ways to get my mind in a mode of worship is to think about all the things that God is to His people. His names, such as Redeemer, Healer, Strong Tower, and many more, are also a way to get into a worshipful attitude. So this song acts as a call to worship by reminding us of who our great God is! I hope you enjoy it and I hope you praise the Lord.