Reading with the Pastor
Mark 14-15 and Psalm 50
“And when they had sung a hymn,
they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Mark 14:26 (cf. also Matthew 26:30)
Was Jesus a tenor or a baritone? One day we will know. But it is captivating to think of Jesus singing. The consensus among scholars is that the hymn that they sang was most probably the second half of the “Great Hallel” (or Hallelujah). That would be Psalm 115-118. The final verse to that sequence of psalms is . . .
Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Think about that. Jesus has told the disciples that He is going to crucified the next day. He has told them that violent men are going to kill Him. He had told them that the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. He knows that one of them will betray him. He told them, right after singing this line, that they would all fall away (Mark 14:26).
He sang these words with them and then He went out to demonstrate them by laying down His life for them (us).
Think about that. And marvel at the love, the lovingkindness toward you. Let your thoughts drive you to worship and then to service of our King.
Here’s a link to “THE POETRY PROJECT” on just one verse in Psalm (50:10)