Psalm 9:1-2 (NLT)
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.
I will be filled with joy because of you.
I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.
Today we celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem. His journey to the cross is almost complete. We remember the crowd gathering palm branches, laying them down, and crying, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” The disciples, filled with joy and dreams of God’s kingdom realized, bask in the celebration.
No one could fathom how quickly the cries of praise would turn to cries of “Crucify him.” In less than a week, Jesus would be crucified. Jesus wasn’t a victim of circumstances. He chose the cross. Jesus died, so that you and I could live. This week we remember God’s mighty and marvelous acts in Jesus.
In Psalm 9, the psalmist says he will do four things; praise God, tell of God’s works, be filled with joy, and sing praises. Psalm 9 can be a guide as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry and Holy Week.
The psalmist says he will praise God. Praise is always appropriate when we remember all God has done through Jesus. We have reason to praise God for his wonderful acts of love and mercy!
The psalmist will not keep quiet. He shares God’s marvelous acts! The Good News should not be kept to ourselves. This season, perhaps more than any other, lends itself to sharing this Good News! We have opportunity to invite others to the celebration! God has done marvelous things through Jesus!
When we fully embrace Jesus, joy is a natural result. The psalmist has connected to God’s marvelous acts and joy fills his life. Joy can fill our lives as well. Through Jesus, we are loved and we are healed.
The acts of praise, sharing, joy, and song can rhythms in our life. I’m not sure the psalmist meant it this way, but I see a progression. Praise turns into telling, bringing joy, which results in singing. Everything starts with praise.
Father, praise doesn’t always come to me. I see all that’s wrong and look past your wonderful works. Help me to start with praise and may my praise transform into story, joy, and song.