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O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success.
 Psalm 118:25

“Help, help!” I screamed from the depths of the dark, dank crawlspace into which I had unexpectedly plunged moments earlier. My family was building a new home and the floors weren’t finished. I ran through the open rooms and accidentally stepped on a piece of sheet metal that covered a hole where the fireplace would be. Instantly, I fell nine feet.

My parents were above the floor somewhere nearby. Momentarily, my dad’s flushed face appeared through the opening above me. “Help me, help me!” I shouted, more hopeful this time. Within minutes, he had rescued me. I’d sustained only minor injuries.

Hosanna, originally a Hebrew word, appears only one time in the Old Testament—Psalm 118:25—and it means “Save, please!” It was a cry to God for help when help remained unseen. This was the essence of my first desperate plea for help as a young teen while running through our uncompleted house decades ago.

Over the centuries, hosanna evolved into a shout of hope and exultation. By the time of the New Testament writings, as in John 12:13, the meaning became, “Hooray for salvation! It’s here! Salvation! Salvation belongs to the king!”

They took palm branches and went out to meet Him [Jesus], shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!”

Long-awaited King Jesus humbly entered Jerusalem. Hosanna! The Jews enthusiastically welcomed Him even though they didn’t understand it all. Just as they cried out at the sight of their salvation, I cried from the pit when I beheld my father’s face peering down at me. Hooray! Hosanna!

What things are you crying out to God for help today? From what do you need salvation? Are you in a pit of despair? Are you unhappy with your circumstances? Do you need saving from your past? Do you need to receive the Savior and be delivered from your sins, once and for all?

Whatever your need, call out to Jesus. Now. Welcome Him. Hosanna!

Karen Sims

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