Garlands of Hosannas

Matthew 21:8-9 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut [palm]branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”

The new testament word hosanna[5614] is the greek spelling of the hebrew words yasha’[03467] na’[04994] found in the old testament in only one place. It means ‘Save now, I pray’. It’s a cry for help.

Psalm 118:25-26 Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

Over the years hosanna changed from being a cry for help to a form of praise – a shout of hope and exultation. So Hosanna to the Son of David means “The Son of David is our salvation! Hooray for the king! Salvation belongs to the king!” And Hosanna in the highest means “Let all the angels in heaven join the song of praise. Salvation! Salvation! Let the highest heaven sing the song!”

Since we just recently sang the song Hosanna I was thinking of the above meanings when I stumbled across this verse and the phrase garlands of hosannas around my neck.

Psalm 32:7 NASB You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalm 32:7 MSG GOD’s my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.
Is the Lord Jesus ‘your’ hiding place? Have you embraced His offer of salvation? Have you as a sinner taken shelter in His mercy and compassion? Do you wear your salvation for all to see? Is it around your neck as a garland of hosannas?

Let’s embrace the Son of David, the Messiah King, Jesus Christ’s offer of salvation. And next time we sing – especially hosanna – let’s wear it as a garland of hosannas around our necks for all to see. Let all see where our hope, confidence and joy come from.

“Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!”

From: Hosanna by John Piper

Related: Know Christ Personally

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One Response to “Garlands of Hosannas”

  1. khollandsblog Says:


    Stringing hosannas for a garland of praise . . .

    I like that idea!

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