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Palm Sunday is about praising

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Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. One of the main themes of this day that Jesus brings to us is the power of praise. It is praise that releases the blessing of God into our lives. The story starts with Jesus coming "lowly and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey" (Matthew 21:5). He comes as a servant. It is up to us to exalt Him to His rightful place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

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Although Jesus did not, at this time, come to them as a conquering King on a white stallion, they exalted Him as their Messiah, the One who comes in the name of the Lord to sit on King David's throne and reign as the great Sovereign over their nation and the world. Even the children were crying out; "Hosanna to the Son of David!" The Bible says that the religious people, the chief priests and scribes, were indignant and said to Jesus, "Do you hear what these people are saying?" But Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read, "Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise?"

Jesus was actually quoting from Psalm 8:2 where it says, "Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength." Notice that Jesus replaces the word praise for strength. Did Jesus misquote the scriptures? Did He not really know what the scripture said? No, Jesus is illustrating the truth that praise and strength can be used interchangeably. When I am not praising, strength starts to drain out of me, but when I praise Him, my strength rises to miraculous levels. Praise is the key to victory.

Jesus comes to us as a servant, one who helps us and provides for us. But as long as He remains a servant, we remain in the place of leadership and authority over Him. However, when I willingly switch places with Him and put myself as His servant and put Him in authority over me - then His strength becomes mine. Many never experience the power that comes from His Lordship because all their life they have kept Jesus as the servant coming to them lowly and sitting on a donkey. That is a nice picture and in God's wisdom He comes to us that way so we are not forced to bow. He wants our servitude to be of our own free will. When we take Him as a servant and then exalt Him as our King a true transformation of power and strength takes place.

There are two things that every Christian needs to learn and even a child can learn and do this. Those two things are how to pray and praise. We often have heard teaching on prayer, but without praise prayer sounds like whining. There is no faith in prayer without praise. The Lord's Prayer starts with praise. We are to 'enter His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise' (Psalm 100:4). I may be burdened down with problems and heartache but when I start focusing on the character and power of my God and start praising Him, my whole perspective changes.

When my problems seem bigger then my God I have a real problem. But when I start exalting God according to the truth of His Word and start audibly praising Him, I see things like the shepherd boy David sees things. Yes, I see the giant (the problem), but I see God more than able to conquer him. My attitude changes when I start praising God. I start rejoicing in the love, wisdom and bigness of God. Strength and faith starts growing in my life. Soon, instead of fleeing from the problem, I'm looking for an opportunity to attack the problem because I know that my God is great. He is the God of the impossible. He loves me and will make me more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus my Lord. Let's praise Him this Palm Sunday.

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