Sunday, April 05, 2020

Watts: Hosanna to Christ

Sunday, April 5, 2020
    Palm Sunday
    The crowds that went ahead of [Jesus] and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!”
    —Matthew 21:9 (NIV)
Hosanna to the royal Son
    Of David’s ancient line!
His natures two, his person one,
    Mysterious and divine.

The root of David here, we find,
    And Offspring are the same;
Eternity and time are join’d
    In our Immanuel’s name.

Bless’d he that comes to wretched men
    With peaceful news from heaven!
Hosannas of the highest strain
    To Christ the Lord be giv’n!

Let mortals ne’er refuse to take
    Th’ hosanna on their tongues,
Lest rocks and stones should rise, and break
    Their silence into songs.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs [1707], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, book I, hymn 16, p. 301 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 21:9; Ps. 118:24-26; Isa. 55:12; 7:14; Matt. 1:23; Mark 11:9-10; Luke 19:38,40
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have announced Your peace!

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