“When they had sung a hymn, they went out . . .” Mark 14:26
Worship works. That’s the simple truth. We have to learn to worship our way through trouble. In His darkest days leading up to the cross, worship was Jesus’ exit strategy.
Jesus knew it would be the last hymn He and His disciples would sing together. It was the last hymn He would sing on earth. Worship would help Him bear what He was about to pass through. He would sing, with understanding, the words He sang as a child by His mother’s side. For Jesus, worship was no small thing, on the contrary the iniquity of the world was to be laid upon Him.
One does not need to be prophetic to see the crises in which Jesus sang a hymn. It was being sung that night at the very moment the steps of Judas could be heard as he made his way to meet with those whom he had conspired. His murderers are ready with their swords, the fires are lit in the place where the trial will be held. The cross already constructed and Calvary’s horror is waiting. It was all arranged, there was no justice involved. The verdict was already decided by those who schemed to murder Him. In the midst of His betrayal, Jesus sings.
Jesus sings the words lifted from Psalms 118: “17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” “24 This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” “27 God is the Lord, and He has given us light; bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” “28 You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, and I will exalt You.” “29 Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” The song of Jesus is a song of triumph sung before the trials ever came.
After singing, Jesus went out to meet His destiny, to finish His course. To all those who set out to meet life, make sure you have a song to sing, it will be your exit strategy.
Are you going to sit it out or set out?