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A Daily Devotion for Wednesday, September 13

Matthew 26:30


When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.


This verse follows the last supper with Jesus and the disciples. I had never before taken note of the fact that Jesus and the disciples sang together on that night. What did that mean to them, to Jesus? The music undoubtedly was comforting to them, although the disciples did not really know what was coming. Jesus may have found the music to be a way to speak to his Father, at a time when emotion filled his human body. It is enough to know that they sang together, but wouldn't it be amazing to know what they sang?


Holy Lord, I have always loved music, and have always enjoyed singing hymns. You put music in my heart and I am thankful. But to learn that Jesus sang with the disciples after the last supper moves me. I will meditate more on this scene. Amen


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Tom
Tom
13. Sept. 2023

Matthew 26:30 Roz raises an interesting point. was what they sang a traditional Passover psalm or did Jesus pick a psalm of lament? Praise? Victory? Yet another mystery for us to ponder. In any case, worship would not feel complete without making a joyful noise in communal singing. Music adds an entirely new layer and dimension to worship - to all of life, for that matter.


Prayer - God of song and music, I pray it gives You pleasure when we sing our praises to You. Music And song bind Your people across generations and geography and remains one of the divine gifts I most cherish. Thank You. Amen


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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
13. Sept. 2023

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Wednesday, September 13th, 2023

Matthew 26:30


And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

It is not surprising that Jesus and his disciples sang a song, because they had just finished a memorable meal. We tend to do this today after a fellowship meal.

It is also incredible to think that Jesus and the disciples were singing these words in the last hours before his crucifixion. The disciples did not understand what was about to happen, but Jesus certainly did. I have a post-it note in my sewing room saying “this is the day that the lord has made let us rejoice and be glad it it.” I did not realize this…


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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
13. Sept. 2023

Matthew 26:30


I heard this verse often growing up in the Sudbury United Methodist Church. The tradition there was that our once-a-month communion always ended with those words and we would then sing a hymn, as Jesus and his disciples did, it was meaningful to me that we were following the same ritual as Jesus did that night. My study Bible suggests that the hymn sung could possibly be from Psalms 115-118 as these were often sung at the traditional Passover meal. I had forgotten about this until I read today’s verse.


Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for this important reminder from my past. Amen

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