July 18, 2012

Singing despite…

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 6:38 pm

Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus knew what was coming next.  He was about to face betrayal, abandonment, denial, ridicule, mockery, prolonged torture and excruciating death.  What did he do?  He sang.  I don’t know for sure what he sang, probably what I know as the Psalms.  My study notes suggest Psalm 113-118 or Psalm 136 – I don’t know how true that my be but it’s interesting that these are songs of praise, not of despair.

Any mention of music or singing in the Bible catches my attention, particularly the rare occasions the subject is mentioned in the New Testament.  Another similar scenario that comes to mind is when Paul and Silas sang in prison.  In both these situations it would seem like desperate prayers or angry questioning might be more ‘natural’ responses.  But Jesus knew, as did Paul and Silas, where their strength came from.  Singing can be an affirmation of what the heart knows, even when the brain disagrees.  Somehow music seems to bypass the hard head and taps into the spirit, allowing me to sing truth when I may not be feeling that it’s true.  It becomes an act of musical defiance, challenging circumstances to do their worst because it won’t change who You are.

Lord may I always have a song on my lips at all times, ready to praise You in any situation.


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