Day 7

Our Savior Comes

from the Because He Lives reading plan

Matthew 21:1-11, Zechariah 9:9

BY Amanda Bible Williams

This morning I drove past the lake near our house, as I always do. Today the spring sun was especially bright, causing me to squint my eyes as the light poured 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 Matthew 21, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and another chorus of praise erupted: 

Hosanna to the Son of David!
Blessed is he who comes in the name
of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven! (v. 9). 

As Luke’s Gospel tells it, “the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19:37). Miracles—plural. Many of them. These people who had been following Jesus had seen evidence that this was not just a man. This man was the Son of God. They had seen glimpses of His glory, and it led them to worship.

Luke also records that as Jesus rode on toward the gates of Jerusalem that day—toward the death due every single human but Him—He also wept for its brokenness. He cried for those who did not recognize the Messiah in their midst (Luke 19:44). 

The Savior had come, but they did not know Him.

As we enter Holy Week on this Palm Sunday, may we see Jesus for who He is. May we read with clear eyes and open hearts the Gospel account of these days and events that are the foundation of our faith. And may we worship the One at the center of it all.

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is Jesus, who comes to save us.

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28 thoughts on "Our Savior Comes"

  1. Holly Karhoff says:

    I’m making more of an effort to see the beauty of the Lord wherever I go and praising Him immediately. We are surrounded by God’s blessings, but we get so tangled in the mess of our lives and let Satan win. I pray Lord, that I would be more mindful of your work in and around me every day.

    1. Adyley Gibson says:

      That is just the prayer I needed to hear. Amen! Thank you.

  2. Erika says:

    It’s easy for us to say, “How did these people miss Jesus, walking in their midst, how did they not recognize Him?”. But there are days that I miss God’s voice and presence in my life when gonothers it would be obvious. May our spirit’s be open around experiencing God’s love and presence in our lives. May we not miss Him.

  3. Steph C says:

    Spontaneous prayer and worship. As I stood on the shore this weekend staring in awe at Niagara Falls, this is what came to mind. God created this too! Sometimes awe is in response to the incredible detail of a microscopic organism. Sometimes it is a response to the massive power of a waterfall. Oh Father, I do not worship enough! My mind gets distracted by the day to day things. But those things should lead me to worship too. My heart needs to worship You. My mind needs to bow in humility to Your creative knowledge and power. I am nothing before You, but You choose to love me. You choose to redeem and forgive me. You are worthy of all of my praise and worship. And you open Your ear to my prayer. ❤️

  4. Kari says:

    I just am so grateful for She Reads Truth. I’m so overwhelmed with joy that I’ve found this site and that you ladies are still here writing. Thank you so much SRT!

  5. Monica Davis says:

    Me too I have a two year old and work full time! Lord give me strength to put u first!

  6. Monica Davis says:

    Blessed is he!

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