Friday, February 3, 2017

God's Singer

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.    Matthew 26:26-30

While Jesus was teaching his closest followers about "eating his flesh and drinking his blood," we come to know he was talking about those elements which represent his body and his blood, given as the sacrifice for our sins.  Then Jesus gave them more information when he let them know the bread was his body and the fruit of the vine was his blood. We are familiar with these representations which are a part of our Sunday worship when we celebrate communion.  Did you notice in verse 30, the text says, "When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."

Do you think of Jesus and his followers being known for their singing?  We are told about singing the Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. So singing was a part of their response and worship when they met together, just as it should be a part of ours. Even when we cannot sing like a pop star or our favorite recording artist, God expects us to sing.  It is one of the greatest avenues for us praise God when we sing praises to him. I will admit some sing better than others but regardless of how good or bad a singer might be, we are pleasing God when we vocalize our praises to him.

Think of countless ways we can give him glory and praise, through singing and demonstrating the inclinations of our hearts toward his.  I get the picture of a smiling Father, when his children celebrate him in the united voices singing.

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