Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 42

Palm Sunday

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Today's Text: Luke 19:28-44, Zechariah 9:9, Psalm 118:25-29

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-44, Zechariah 9:9, Psalm 118:25-29

I pass a large lake on my way to work each day. The sight of it always makes me breathe in deep and slow, exhaling with relief at the beauty.

We are transitioning from winter to spring here in Nashville, but the transition has been bumpy at best: 70 and sunny one day, 30 and snowing the next. The trees have begun to bloom and the birds have started their singing, and I refuse to take my puffy coat back out of the closet even though the temperature merits it.

This morning when I drove past the lake it was 35 degrees outside. The spring sun was especially bright, and I squinted as it shone through my driver’s side window. A dense layer of fog covered the water as far as I could see. Gulls danced in and out of the cloud-like mist, some resting still and peaceful on the glassy surface. The sun, the fog, the gulls, the water—the combination stunned me, caught that deep sigh in my chest and held it there a minute. It was the second day in a row the lake looked exactly like this, and both times it brought worship to my lips.

I praise you, Lord, for you are the Creator God, the maker of the water and the birds, the sun and the mist, and the breath in my lungs. You are God, you are Lord, and I give you all of me today.

There was no analyzing my prayer outline or word choice, no time for false pretense or doubt. I’d seen a glimpse of the glory of the Lord, and immediate, unhindered praise felt like the only possible response.

Spontaneous worship sessions are not new to our Almighty God. Since the making of mankind and the dawn of creation, people and nature have praised Him. On this day recorded in Luke 19, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and another chorus of praise erupted:

Blessed is the King who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heaven! (v.38)

Luke tells us “the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen” (v.37). Miracles—plural. Many of them. These people who had been following Jesus knew this was not just a man. This man was the Son of God. They had seen a glimpse of His glory, and it led them to worship.

As Jesus rode on toward the gates of Jerusalem that day—toward the death due every single human but Him—He wept for its brokenness. He lamented the devastation that would come because the people did not recognize the Messiah in their midst (v.44).  

As we enter Holy Week, may we see Jesus for who He is. May we read with clear eyes and open hearts the Gospel accounts of these days and events that are the foundation of our faith. And may we worship the One at the center of it all. By God’s goodness and grace, let it never be said of us: “You did not recognize the time when God visited you” (v.44).

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  • Marissa Burleson

    Father let me always recognize what is of you and what is not. I never want to miss the chance to embrace your presence.

  • Loreanne Manalac

    Looking forward to this week for some deeper reflection and spiritual rest.

  • Sabrina Michelle

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Claire B

    I agree, I miss the Raechel and Amanda days

  • Peggy Lester

    Studying the construction of the Tabernacle and the items to be used in it has been an eye opener this week. When the Pillar of Cloud or the Pillar of Fire moved, the work it took to actually pack all that up and move it then set it all back up is breath taking. Makes me glad to be under the New Covenant.

    • Dorothy

      Along that line I am fully understanding what is meant when the scripture says “Then Jesus shouted out again, and He gave up His Spirit. At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two , from top to bottom.”

  • Nicholle

  • Ryckera Robertson

    I am so excited to read the devotionals and scripture planned for this week. This plan has been such a blessing in celebrating Lent this year!

  • Miranda Rector

    I’ve started this plan just for Holy Week and I can already see that it is going to draw me nearer to Christ each day. I’m reminded to praise Him daily with your inspiring words and not forget that He is Lord and His love endures forever.

  • Angela G

    I can’t believe we are here! I’ve been doing this study as a challenge to myself for Lent, and we are in the final stretch! And I can’t believe it’s here! The anticipation is building up, especially after reading through Exodus. The Lord, has shown His work throughout the history of his people, and it’s all been cumulating to this…Passion Week.

  • God must be talking to me today because there were several items covered in today’s devotion that were said in the sermon my minister delivered. Today on Palm Sunday I noticed that there was a young man approximately 12 or 13 and his younger brother about 7 or 8 that went to help pick up the offering; that reminded me of my son, George, he would always be there to collect the offering and pass communion. I know that though he and my parents are physically dead they are alive and with God and Christ and through the coming week I will celebrate that also.

  • Beth Nyhart

    I’m starting the plan today, just looking for some consistency in my Bible reading and I’m hoping SRT plans will help me stay in the word.

    • Deborah Craytor

      Welcome to the community, Beth! I can’t tell you how much more dedicated to my Bible reading I have become since starting the SRT studies. I pray you will be equally blessed.

    • Jennifer Parker

      Same here! Praying God shows you many remarkable things through this time in the Word!

  • Yes, HOLY WEEK is what I grew up hearing!! I want to focus on the Lord’s goodness and beauty this morning. There’s a major event coming up that I will post in a couple days for now I want to enjoy the Lords beauty

  • Clare Lafaele

    Holy Week ….and so it begins

    ➕=❤️

  • Beautiful beautiful reading today’s devotion. As I go on a run this morning I will be praising my God for all he has done and continues to do. Thank you all who are praying for my son and his youth group who are making their way to Mexico on a missions trip.

  • Late yesterday someone ask our takeaway of this study— as I have pondered the answer I’ve narrowed down so many answers to one— my favorite new insight from this study is that our bodies are God’s tabernacles!! The detail of the tabernacle and the love God put into it— the uniqueness of it— the beauty of it— He now resides in us!! Isn’t that a beautiful miracle!!

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    How many times to I fail to see when God has visited me because my eyes were lusting after something else.

  • Oh my soul! I worship your holy name!! Praise be to JESUS.

  • Marit Fox

    Amen to God’s Word. It’s a good reminder to carry into the week.

  • Colleen W

    I need all the prayers. Thank you.

    • Mari

      I read your above comment and I am and will be praying for you Colleen. I’m going through so hard stuff myself and brings me joy to pray for someone else.

  • Cynthia Johnston

    Happy Palm Sunday!

  • Ruth Lorentz

    Happy Sunday ladies!

  • Sarah Wohlgamuth

    I went on my first Spring hike in MN yesterday, and couldn’t help but galavant through the woods, quote scripture as I watched the freshly broken ice float down the river, and thank the Father as dozens of deer calmly walked by me. Spring always comes after Winter; life always comes after death! Thankful for our Jesus today.

  • Carolynne

    Oh to be humble, to be ready, to be available for the service of the King, just as that young donkey. No pretenses, not off doing my own thing, but present and waiting to be of use to Him!

  • Kristi Griesbach

    Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Ps 96:8

    He is worthy of all praise. May my heart speak freely this week whenever His presence is felt, His glory seen, His mercy experienced!

  • Peony Noirr

    ❤️

  • Chris Gruhlke

    What an incredible way to start this day! Beautiful writing, thank you for blessing us with it. I too, can see the lake and all of God’s wonder! As we enter this week I will be mindful of all of the miracles I see in my own life and all around me, I will take the time to praise the one that gave it all. I’m humbled by what Jesus had to endure and how all was given because of His love for us. My gratitude of that sacrifice should be with me everyday but I have to admit that it always weighs a bit heavier during this Holy Week. Blessings sisters!

  • Colleen W

    So powerful. I needed this today. I’m questioning so much in my Faith right now as I navigate a divorce and single mom life. (A divorce I didn’t want but is also necessary) I keep saying…if God is the great designer, why this? And today I want to turn this to say…BUT God is the great designer, don’t miss what He has for you. I don’t want to miss His visit. Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face….amen.

    • Jen Thompson

      Praying for you!! Your faith is strong! To recognize you need to change the “if” to “but” reveals that. You’re exactly right…but, God. He loves you and is with you.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Colleen, thanks for sharing this. We’re praying for you during this time and are so grateful that you’re here. -Margot, The SRT Team

  • I love your lock screens, but why do we have to download the app to get them now. The app works poorly and has not been updated for Android in over two years! Very disappointed.

    • Jenn

      I didn’t know we had to have the app to download them? When did this come about? I have last weeks and I don’t have the app.

    • Pam

      I downloaded it just now and I never use the app

      • Trina

        That picture won’t fit your lockscreen without cropping.

        • Julie

          Yes I too wondered what happened. I made it work. Perhaps it’s just a formatting issue this week. The artwork in this study is beautiful and I have really enjoyed the screen shots.

          • Trina

            Yes, you can make it work, but in the past it’s been properly formatted for a lockscreen. The ones in the app can fit on the lockscreen but need to be cropped. Hopefully, it won’t crop out the verses. I can understand why they want us to download the app, but it’s out of date for Android and has never worked well. Very disappointing.

    • Julie

      Okay so I did just go look at previous weekly truth sections and your right it does now direct you to the SRT app. Prior to this it said ~Save the image below as a lock screen for your phone Hmmm that is a little disappointing.

      • Trina

        It is. I save them and use them as wallpaper on my device because it’s hard to find good Christian wallpaper. I was very disappointed with the Android app because it has never worked right. I’ve emailed and asked why but never got a response. The teaching here is amazing but lack of answers on issues is disappointing.

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so sorry about that and we appreciate the feedback. The lock screens will continue to be available on both the website and app in the future. An update is coming for the SRT Android app so stay tuned and we appreciate your patience as we continue to make it the best possible experience for our community!

  • Churchmouse

    Zechariah foretold “Look, your King is coming to you; he is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The only thing is… Kings in that day entered a city riding on a stallion, a magnificent horse, symbolizing their strength and victory. The lowly donkey symbolized humility and peace. Jesus was coming as the conqueror of sin and death but not in a manner easily recognizable to the people. They had a preconceived idea of what their savior would look like and it was not this. Do I not occasionally do the same? I have a preconceived idea of how God will act on my behalf. It can even rise to the level of expectation. How foolish – as if I know better than God. Lord, help me to trust in Your way. Open my eyes to see You as You are – Creator, Father, Savior. Let me lay down my ideas and worship You. Let me release my grasp on my desires. Let me open my palms to You, open to what You give. Let this truly be a ‘palm’ Sunday of praise. AMEN.

    • Dorothy

      Churchmouse you are soooo right about how we can think that we are right or know what is best for us or even get impatient waiting for answers to our prayers. Lord, help me and all your children that we need to rely on you and be patient about the answer.

    • Becky

      Thanks churchmouse. This helped me recognize something today.

  • Good morning SRT sisters! I’m normally never up this early in the morning. At least not on purpose. This passage and devotion was beautiful but because I’m still kind of sleepy I’m going to have to re-read it when I get back. Your prayers are so appreciated. I’ll be dropping off my son here in a few minutes to join his high school ministry group, Pastor another wonderful adults as they make their way to Mexico on a missions trip. Please pray for their safety. Please pray that these hearts of these teenagers will be touched and may they grow in the Lord in mighty ways. Thank you.

    • Kari

      I’ll keep your son and the entire ministry group in my prayers, Mari!! What a great mission they have set themselves on!

    • Churchmouse

      So many march for various causes these days – so grateful your son and his youth group are marching on mission in the name of the Lord! I’m confident they will be a blessing there and they in turn will also be blessed. Lord, keep them safe as they travel. Give them a strong sense of unity in their purpose. May they do their work joyfully. May those they encounter marvel at their service and may they recognize them as followers of Jesus. May the message be the mission. And may their returning testimony be an encouragement to others to also step out in faith. Amen.

      • Mari

        Thank you Churchmouse. This means a lot to me and your words are so inspiring! They come back Saturday. My son’s birthday is on Good Friday and what better place to spend his birthday serving the Lord!

    • Christy

      Hi Mari – I will be praying for your son this week and for you. I’m so happy he has that opportunity to see God’s kingdom still being built. Would you pray the same for my daughter? She is in Brazil this week with a school mission trip constructing a church building for a local congregation. Thanks!

      • Mari

        Oh Christy thank you for praying for my son and I just prayed for your daughter and will continue to pray for her this week.

    • Dorothy

      Mari and Christi I will be praying for both of your teens. I remember my two sons going on similar mission trips and they always came back more excited then when they went. They learned so much on their trips and I believe their most valuable lesson was how it doesn’t matter how much you have you can still pass on God and Jesus love and teachings.

  • Tochi Heredia

    The simple, straightforward beauty of this passages compared to the need for rituals and sacrifices we read in Exodus the past few weeks took my breath away.
    Thank you Jesus for entering the city, marching towards certain death, so that we might enter eternal life and need nothing else but You to get closer to the Father.
    Praise Him!

    • Kari

      This is so true, Tochi! What a good way of seeing this. This was a beautiful Palm Sunday devotional, SRT!!

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