As the people realized that the Son of God was the one riding triumphantly into Jerusalem, they began to praise Him. Realizing who Jesus Christ is should also lead us to praise Him. He is worthy of our praise.
Some Context: The Gospels contain several instances of people praising God for something He had done. For example, after Jesus Christ healed ten men with leprosy, one of them came back to praise God. (See Luke 17:11-19) This passage, however, shows the crowd uttering praise to God simply for who He is. Scripture tells us:
“And the crowds that went before Him and that followed Him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!“ (Matthew 21:9 English Standard Version)
Praising God for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He promises to do is important. It represents our gratitude towards Him. As we count every blessing in our lives, we realize that each one is a product of God’s grace.
However, this passage demonstrates us that praising God for who He is holds far greater meaning. The text does not mention that He had just done a miracle, for which they would utter praise. The people realized they were in the presence of the Son of God. As the crowd beheld Him that day, they concluded that Jesus Christ is worthy of our praise for simply being Himself. Scripture tells us that:
He Is The Bread of Life. (John 6:35)
He Is The Light of The World. (John 8:12)
He Is The Door of The Sheep. (John 10:7)
He Is The Good Shepherd. (John 10:11)
He Is The Resurrection and The Life. (John 11:25)
He Is The Way, The Truth, and The Life. (John 14:6)
He Is The Vine. (John 15:5)
As we contemplate who God is, let us express to the Lord our admiration for Him. With every breath we breathe, every word we speak, and every action we take, let us praise the Lord! He is worthy of our praise.
May God bless you.