36 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. 37 When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.
38 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”[c]
The sound is increasing. The enthusiasm is building with a carpet of clothing and branches on the road, with singing, and with rejoicing. People in the crowd are now shouting out clearly messianic phrases:
- “Hosanna to the Son of David! (Matthew 21:9)
- “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ (Luke 19:38)
- “Blessed is the King of Israel!” (John 12:13)
Many believe that this Jesus is the Messiah. The people are praising in response to and in welcome of.
In response to: Their praise of God is for all the wonderful miracles they have seen.
When we praise and worship we should be responding to all the God has done. To his faithfulness, his power and his miracles in our lives, in our church, in our world. What God has done should be a catalyst for praise and worship
In welcome of: Their praise of God is because they are in the presence of Jesus
Just being in the presence of God brings forth praise. As the people welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem, so in praise and worship we meet with Jesus, we spend time in his presence. That sparks a overflow of praise and worship in us.
Praise God in response to all He has done
Spend some time in the presence of God and let praise rise from that place