Mark 14:26 “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Have you ever wondered what the apostles sang that day? They had just experienced a solemn, reverent last supper with their Lord, though I’m not sure they realized the enormity of what they were about to face. Still, they knew something big was about to happen. And so, like so many of us have done in times of uncertainty throughout the ages, they sang a song. This song set the mood for what they were about to endure.
Theologians guess that they probably sang a hymn taken from Psalms 115 – 118, which was a traditional Passover hymn. While I won’t attempt to discuss the entire Psalms passage here – you can read it for yourself – I would like to address some of the highlights. I am thrilled to find that the very truths that sustained the apostles through some of their darkest days . . . those same truths will sustain us.
The Lord remembers us and will bless us . . . he will bless those who fear the Lord – small and great alike. Psalm 115:12 – 13
During the coming days, the apostles would need to remember that God had not forgotten them. And friends, He has not forgotten us. No matter how small or insignificant we may feel, He knows us. He sees us. He loves us. And He will bless those who respect Him.
How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the lord in the presence of all his people. Psalm 116:12 – 14
The apostles were going to find themselves in some pretty sticky situations in the coming days. They would be despised and persecuted, simply for claiming friendship with Jesus. Still, despite a few early mess-ups, the apostles stood firm. They shared the good news of salvation with all who would listen, and many of them paid with their lives.
Chances are, we won’t be asked to die for Jesus. Instead, He wants us to live for Him. He wants us to be His hands and feet and mouthpiece, loving others and pointing them to Him. He wants us to love Him and claim friendship with Him publicly, in the presence of all the people.
Great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117:2
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Psalm 118:1
Do you feel that He has forgotten you, friends? He hasn’t. Lift up your voice, lift up your spirit to Him and tell Him “Thank you.” The same love that sustained the apostles during their darkest hours will sustain you and me. It is an unchanging, everlasting, overwhelming love. And I am so glad He pours it out on me.
Dear Father, Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love. Help me to show my thanks to You by loving others, and telling them how great You are.