"PRAISE THE KING"
"…Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord" (Jn. 12:13)
INTRO.: A song which expresses blessing to the One who came in the name of the Lord is "Praise the King." The text was written by James Rowe (1865-1933). The tune was composed by Howard E. Smith (1863-1918). The song was copyrighted in 1913 by the Holderbrand-Burnett Co. In 1935, the copyright was controlled by Lloyd O. Sanderson of the Gospel Advocate Co. Rowe and Smith also collaborated on the well known gospel song, "Love Lifted Me." Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "Praise the King" appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.
The song praises Jesus Christ as King for what He accomplished in His battle with Satan.
I. Stanza 1 mentions His resurrection
"The Lord of life has risen, The world is glad again;
He cometh from His prison To rescue sinking men."
A. The basis for the good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead: 1 Cor. 15:20
B. He came forth from His prison in the Hadean world: Acts 2:31-32
C. His purpose was to rescue sinking men by seeking and saving the lost: Lk. 19:10
II. Stanza 2 mentions His triumph
"The truth His lips hath spoken, His foes have met defeat;
His fetters are all broken, His triumph is complete."
A. The word that comes to us from God through Christ is truth: Jn. 17:17
B. Through this truth, Christ has already defeated His foes: Matt. 12:29, 1 Jn. 3:8
C. Therefore, His triumph is complete because He has destroyed the devil who had the power of death: Heb. 2:14-15
III. Stanza 3 mentions His victor’s crown
Let praise to Him be given, While hosts of evil frown;
The King of earth and heaven Hath won the victor’s crown."
A. As long as this earth stands, the hosts of evil will frown and continue their fight: Eph. 6:12
B. However, Jesus Christ is the king of earth and heaven: Rev. 19:11-16
C. Therefore, He wears the victor’s crown to go out conquering and to conquer: Rev. 6:1-2
CONCL.: The chorus calls upon the whole earth to magnify the name of our Lord and Savior.
"Praise Him, praise Him! Spread abroad His fame;
Peal the bells in every steeple, Magnify His name.
Praise Him, praise Him! Loud hosannas sing;
Tell the story of His glory, Praise the King."
All we like sheep have gone astray. We have chosen to sin and thus have fallen short of God’s glory. And the wages of sin is death. But Jesus Christ came and died for us, rising again from the dead to give us victory over sin and death. Because of what He has done on our behalf and made possible for us, we should "Praise the King."