There is a song I enjoy that, when I first heard it, I thought the artist must be misusing a familiar word. The song is by Andrew Peterson, and the word in question is also the song title - “Hosanna”. We tend to think of hosanna the way we think of hallelujah, a declaration of praise. But the word literally means “save now” or “save, I pray”. It shows up in the scriptures when the masses are welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. They are quoting from Psalm 118:25-26 when they say “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Mark 11:9). It is a cry for salvation, hoping in Jesus as the one who comes in the name of the Lord to bring that salvation.
Now back to Andrew Peterson’s song. If you have a chance to listen, think about the way he uses this word and frames the song around it. It will give you a different lens to focus your thoughts, and it will give you fuel for worship as you consider the greatness of Christ’s finished work. To quote the song, He has “beaten death at death’s own game!” And we are the recipients of His great victory! Hallelujah!
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