Matthew 26:30. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
This verse always strikes me. Just think about it, Jesus led His disciples in worship as He intentionally marched toward Calvary. He was strengthening Himself in the Lord and also showing His disciples how to face diversity. How many times have you struggled with trials and fallen pray to the dark thoughts that seem to hem us in? There is a better way. There is a way to avoid depression and actually taste the sweetness of heaven’s joy in the midst of your own personal Gethsemane. Check out part of what Jesus sang that night.
1 Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the name of the LORD!
2 Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down
The LORD’S name is to be praised.
4 The LORD is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God,
Who dwells on high,
6 Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
He was focusing on the glory of God displayed in creation and also acknowledging the amazing love of God’s care for His creation. What a picture, the Creator Himself leading His creatures in a song. Here are comments from Charles Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“To his last great battle the Champion goes singing, attended by feeble followers, who could not protect him; but who could sing with him. I think he must have led the tune; his disciples were too sorrowful to sing until his clear voice started the Hallelujah Psalms; but they joined him in the holy exercise, for “they” as well as their Lord sang the hymn. When you are about to face a trial, offer a prayer; but, if you can, also sing a hymn. It will show great faith if, before you enter into the burning fiery furnace, you can sing psalms unto the Lord who redeemeth his people. Now let us read Paul’s version of this same matter.”
So what kind of trial are you facing this year as we prepare to celebrate the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord? Whatever it may be; whether sickness, death, family crisis, or financial chaos, turn your eyes toward heaven. Join with Jesus and march boldly toward the cross in worship.