Hosanna, Rejoice!

Every now and then, someone in a Sacrament Meeting speaks about an issue that touches me deeply. This time around, it was about rejoicing. To start, let’s look at Psalms 118:25-26: ” Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. aBlessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord”. The first expression there is Save now (usually transliterated from Hebrew in modern time as Hosanna). Think about salvation for a little while.

In Job 38, the Lord asks Job, “Where wast thou … [w]hen the morning stars asang together, and all the bsons of God shouted for cjoy?” The modern prophets have clearly pointed out, that the rejoicing was because of salvation. And here let me speculate a little (meaning, I have never heard anyone expressly say this). I think that “salvation” in that original sense was not just that we will be resurrected only to be separated from Father again. I think the original sense, Salvation really was what we call Exaltation. But it’s not important to the point. The point is, that we all were rejoicing; enough to shout for joy. The Savior had been presented as one worthy to make it possible for all of us to come back to Father’s presence, and, finally, become like him (for an interesting symbolic presentation of this, see Revelation 5).

In Abraham 3:22-25, we have the following:

22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;
23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.
24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may well;
25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;
A little further, we are told, that those, who keep their first estate, shall be added upon. Okay, we are now at the root of the joy that can fill our souls. It becomes full, when we realize, that by making the Atonement of Jesus Christ a part of our daily life, we can receive – and retain – a forgiveness of our sins. In Mosiah 4, we read:
2 And they had aviewed themselves in their own carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth. And they all cried aloud with one voice, saying: O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.
3 And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the words which king Benjamin had spoken unto them.
Faith in Christ can bring us a kind of joy that nothing else can. How can we keep it. Mosiah 4:11-12:11
11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
12 And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
In the big picture, I know I am nothing. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” But for the Father I am important. You are important, too. He doesn’t love you just because you’re one of his children. He loves you, because he knows you, knows what you have the capacity for, and wants to give yo all he has.
In the bleakest of days, I have reason to rejoice! Shout Hosanna! When I use that expression, it is rejoicing for the One Mighty to Save.
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