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Facing Trials With Song

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We are living in a time of global fear and panic.  A microscopic piece of genetic material has brought the world to its knees and has revealed that the vast majority of people in the world live without true hope and joy.  Anxiety is king! Yet how are we as believers in Christ to face such trials?  One of the means God has provided is singing truth.  I’m certain the truths Jesus sang were an uplifting reminder of God’s faithfulness.

     Matthew 26:30 “After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Before Jesus endured such prayers as would turn sweat to blood, before He was abandoned by His disciples, before He endured the many humiliations and beatings on the way to the cross, and faced the full weight of God’s wrath to atone for sin culminating with the cry ““MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”, Jesus sang hymns. Facing the greatest trial in the history of eternity, Jesus raised His voice in worship!

What was this hymn?  As it was at the end of the last Passover meal He shared with the disciples, it was most likely the second half of the Hallel, Psalm 116-118.  Imagine Christ singing these verses:

     Psalm 116:3-4

     "The cords of death encompassed me
     And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
     I found distress and sorrow.
     Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
     “O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!”

or ...

     Psalm 118:5-6

     From my distress I called upon the Lord;
     The Lord answered me and set me in a large place.
     The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
     What can man do to me?

As followers of Christ in a sin cursed world, we can rest and rejoice in the great truths of scripture adorned in music!  We have assembled this playlist and our prayer is that it encourages, comforts, and uplifts your soul that you might be stimulated to love and good deeds!

 

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