Scriptures: Mark 11:1-10
Palm Sunday is all about a day when Jesus was greatly honored: there was a parade to honor Him as King. The people offered the very best they had: a gift of praise! They spread their coats on the road alongside freshly cut branches giving Him their version of "rolling out the red carpet."
From the youngest to the oldest they offered Jesus a gift of praise. The crowd shouted "Hosanna," which is literally translated to mean "save." Without knowing the details, they were clearly articulating what Jesus came to do and the person they needed most in their lives. He was coming to be their Savior. When a person praises God it opens them up to a realm that supersedes their natural understanding.
Take a moment and imagine: imagine yourself standing next to your street very close to where you live. Now imagine that coming down your street is a crowd of people and in the middle of the crowd is a man walking. You recognize that man as Jesus. People are laying things down on the ground, even rushing to the curb to lay things down too. Jesus approaches where you are standing, as He passes by what will you lay down? As He passes by will you honor him with the gift of praise?
We can all wonder: "does my praise or my gift of worship really matter?" The answer is resoundingly: yes! It takes a lot of coats to make a red carpet. Every person has a specific spot where your gift for God belongs. Your praise could be expressing the very thing you need most in your life: a Savior. If we mix all our praise together we can offer Jesus the very best, will you offer him watered down worship or the very best of what you have to offer?