“When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” ~ Matthew 26:30
One of my favorite things about reading the Bible is how every time you read it you pick up on something new. Sometimes it’s reading the same words from a different frame of reference. And sometimes it’s literally noticing something you haven’t seen before. That was definitely the case when I read the above sentence.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. When things are good, music is a talent that I can share with other people, encouraging them and pointing them back to God. When I’m going through a rough season, music acts like a lifeline, giving me something to cling to when there’s nothing else. I have had a few instances in my life where I’m in my car and a song hits me so hard that I’m moved to tears and just about have to pull the car over.
How amazing it is to me, then, to read that Jesus used music in this same way. On what had to have been the most difficult night of his life thus far. The night when he would have a meal with all of his disciples for the last time. The night when he would share the devastating news that he was about to be betrayed by one of his best friends. And just a short time – maybe just a couple of hours – before being arrested in the garden. Jesus and his disciples took a few moments and sang a hymn together. This absolutely blows my mind.
Things that are important to Jesus should be important to us as well. Make sure to include singing hymns and worship songs a regular part of your walk with God. And also look for those things in your life that God has given you that are uniquely you. I call them landmarks. They might be music or friends or hobbies or family, but God has given you something that is a talent and is also a lifeline. Figure out what that is and give it over to God. Let him start cultivating it in your life.
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