One of the struggles we have as humans is being humble. Humility is so important. No matter how gifted a person is or how many contests are won, if humility does not accompany victory, winning does not matter.
We struggle with this issue of humility because many of us feel a sense of entitlement. There are those who believe that they deserve certain privileges, things and other stuff, just because they are who they are.
This spirit of entitlement can result in constant disappointment and can result in isolation, because there are not many people who want to deal with someone who believes they deserve something—especially when they have done nothing to earn it.
Many of us are familiar with the story of the palms and Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey—and how those who witnessed the event celebrated Jesus’ ride into town waving palms and shouting, “Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
When Jesus enters our lives, we must give him the highest praise. He does not have to earn it, because he deserves it.
He is entitled to it. The reason Jesus deserves it is because he is the Son of God. Our praise, worship, and honor for God should not be based upon what God has done for us. He deserves it no matter what the situation, because he is our Lord and the Savior of the world. He gets the “Hosanna in the highest” because he simply deserves it.
Some of us let the rocks cry out our praise because we are waiting on Jesus to enter our situations, to fix the problem, heal the hurt, deliver us from the danger, and rescue us from the wreckage. But the truth is, if Jesus does not do anything else, he still deserves it. The songwriter said it best: “If he does not do anything else, he has already done enough to deserve my praise.” When we give Jesus what he deserves, he will make us deserving. Our praises cannot be conditional on our circumstances. They must be marked by unconditional love for Jesus Christ—the same way he loves us, unconditionally. When we truly and deeply love him, even in our deepest and darkest times, we can still give him what he deserves.
As we reflect on how much Jesus has done for us, even though we did not deserve it, let us open our mouths and hearts and give him what he deserves—total praise. Jesus deserves it.