Hosanna!

I was searching for just the right phrase tonight while praying and was so excited when God gave it to me! I was in that place where you want to ask God for help (maybe 'beg' is a more accurate word), but at the same time you're trying to stay in His peace and claim victory over the situation...

I played a song called "Hosanna in the Highest" and while singing, I realized I didn't know what I was saying. What does 'hosanna' mean, anyway? I stopped the song because I knew I'd get more out of it if I understood the words. Thanks to (believe it or not) Wikipedia, I had a powerful answer within seconds. 'Hosanna' is a Hebrew word meaning 'please save' or 'save now', which seems kind of strange when you consider that people shouted when seeing Jesus enter Jerusalem, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" What they were saying was, "Please save us! Blessed is He who saves us!"

So here's the amazing quote from Wikipedia that tied the two seemingly contradictory phrases together: "[Hosanna] is a cry for salvation, while at the same time a declaration of praise". I never saw that before! What a perfect word..."Save me, God--thank You for saving me! Deliver me from myself--thank You for Your provision! I need Your help--Your help is here!" That was exactly what I was trying to express. Yes, hosanna in the highest!!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Angela, This is great! I love getting your spiritual insights right on the spot like this. It is amazing how what you share can be just the lift I need also, and keep me focused.

LeRoy said...

Thank you so much I needed that tonight.

LeRoy said...

Angela,
THank you so much - I really needed this tonight.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I NEEDED to hear this tonight.

Anonymous said...

Angela,
I haven't read your blog in a while. Something told me to stop by tonight..of course that something had to be the good Lord. He wanted me to read these words. THANK YOU!!!!

Anna Ware said...

Thank you. I'm now using your devotions for our school in Kigali, Rwanda.