Hey Brian here. Today is Thursday of holy week and the day we remember the Last Supper or the Passover meal that Jesus had with His disciples. In Matthew 26:30 it says ‘When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.’ So the way they conclude their evening in the upper room was by worshiping God together through song. The hymnal or songbook of their day was the Psalms which were almost all set to music. Psalms 113-118 are called the hymns of praise or the ‘Hallel’. Halleluia means “Praise Yahweh’ or ‘Praise God.’ From one of these Psalms the disciples most likely closed their time together that night.
Most scholars believe that Jesus and the disciples most likely sang Psalm 118 together. It begins by saying, ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ What a powerful reminder that even while hanging on a cross God’s lovingkindess or unfailing love had not ceased. It goes on to say, ‘From my distress I called upon the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me in a large place. The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me…It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.’
How important it was for Jesus to know that He was not alone in His distress. What strength He surely found in that moment when the whole world seemed to be against Him. Soldiers and bystanders hurled insults at Him and mocked Him. He was continually ridiculed and belittled by the Jewish leaders who stood and watched Him suffer. He was betrayed by Judas and denied 3 times by Peter. Yet somewhere deep inside He knew that ultimately God’s lovingkindness was toward Him and that God was His refuge and that the Lord was still for Him. So most likely this was the song that was playing in Jesus’ head as He walked to the Garden of Gethsemane and ultimately toward Calvary.
What song is playing in your head as you go throughout your day? Is the music you’re listening to filling you mind and heart with God’s truth and God’s promises toward you or does it contain the empty promises of the world? I want to challenge you today to allow the powerful force of worship music to carry you closer and closer towards the heart of God so that you may face the challenges of life in His strength and power.