Jesus sang hours before he died

Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? Psalm 113

When Israel came out of Egypt, Jacob from a people of foreign tongue, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel his dominion. Psalm 114

Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115

The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” Psalm 116

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Psalm 117

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118

Traditionally during the Passover meal the Hallel would be sung, it was the whole of the Psalms 113-118, praise to God for his salvation from Egypt and He being the eternal Saviour.

“When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Matthew 26 v 30

Hours before Jesus’ most dreadful and terrifying moment, the crucifixion and death, he sings!

It is a powerful picture. We need to pause right here and imagine our Saviour singing despite the turmoil of his own heart.

John Huss, 1369-1415, a Czech theologian, was burned at the stake after having the crown of his head shaven with shears because he held to the Bible as the final authority and not the Church. As the fire was burning him he sang in a loud voice, “Jesus Christ! The Son of the Living God! Have mercy upon me!” There are countless stories like this.

“May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them— this is the glory of all his faithful people.” Psalm 149:6-8

We don’t fight flesh and blood but principalities.

Every time we sing to God we are declaring to the spiritual powers that our hands are on the neck of an already defeated enemy. That because of Jesus’ victory on the cross where satan was stripped of power and authority over us then I will praise my God and squeeze some more victory out of you that is rightfully mine.

Sing today. Sing the song that Jesus sang. Sing and watch your enemy flee.

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