Hosanna in the Highest (The King of Glory)


You can almost imagine Jesus coming closer as this song progresses: The verses begin with prophecies of the Messiah with which the crowd would have been familiar (Ps 24, Is 40) and the people answer with the Palm Sunday refrain of “Hosanna in the highest!” It uses the familiar Jewish folk tune (“The King of Glory Comes”), which your congregation likely already knows.

words by Greg Scheer
inspired by Matthew 21:1-11 , Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19, Psalm 24, and Isaiah 40
music: Jewish folk tune, arranged by Greg Scheer

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This song is mentioned in Greg’s podcast, “Lent: Palm/Passion Sunday.”

Hosanna in the highest!
Hail him who saves us!
Blessed the one who brings
the kingdom of David.

1. Who is the King of kings?
The Lord God Almighty.
God’s reign is coming;
it is on the horizon.

2. Who may come in?
Only the one who is holy.
Open the gates for the
procession of glory.

3. Prepare the way before
the great King’s arrival.
Make straight the path;
the hills and valleys make level.

4. Who is this king who greets
his people so meekly?
Riding a donkey past
the crowds as they’re cheering.

5. Who is this king who is
parading so slowly?
Rush to Jerusalem—
your fame will keep growing!

6. This is the day the Lord has made,
lift your voices.
Hail him who saves!
Hail him with palms and rejoicing.