Greetings fellow sojourners! Keep memorizing/reading those songs of ascent! There will not be a new one added this week. Next week, the Lord willing, we shall proceed to Psalm 123. For now, let’s keep our focus right here…
As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat; this is My body.” Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood that establishes the covenant; it is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins. But I tell you, from this moment I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in My Father’s kingdom with you.” After singing psalms, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Matthew 26:26-30.
The psalms that were sung during and after the Passover meal were 113-118.
I have been particularly drawn to some verses in Psalm 118 that I will include here. I pray you find it encouraging that our Lord would have sung these knowing what was facing Him in the upcoming hours.
“Open the gates of righteousness for me; I will enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous will enter through it. I will give thanks to You because You have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This came from the LORD; it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” v19-45
As you stare face to face with the trials of your life can you sing along with the Blessed One, the Lord of Lord, and the King of Kings that “this is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it?” Let it be so!
Today, is His summons to freedom stronger than fear? Stronger than betrayal? Stronger than unforgiveness? Stronger than disappointment? Stronger than rejection? Stronger than……? Those participating in the Seder (The Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover) lived weeks prior in a state of expectancy, of preparation. What about you? Is your heart in a state of expectancy, of preparation for the return of the King? I have heard it said that “Man has conquered space, but not his own heart.” Is the heart such a force that we dare not tame it or have we just grown weary?
Toward the conclusion of the Seder, there is the ‘saying of grace’ which goes something like this:
A song of ascents:
When the Lord returned the exiled to Zion we were like dreamers. Then our mouths filled with laughter and our tongues with joyous song. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, we rejoiced. Lord, return our exiled like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears shall reap with joy. He who weeps while sowing will return rejoicing bearing sheaves.
When the Lord became your Salvation were you like a dreamer? Did your mouth then fill with laughter and your tongue with joyous song? Do you say among anyone who dares to listen, “The Lord has done great things for me!” Do you ask the Lord in prayer for the ‘exiled in heart’
to return home to the Lord? Let us sow the Word with tears expecting the harvest! Don’t grow weary sweet DIVA, though the harvest may tarry never stop expecting. Thank you Lord for the hope You alone have placed in our hearts. The hope that is stronger than defeat. The hope that rejoices in the midst of trials. The hope that does not disappoint.
Sweet DIVAs! Christie, Deanna, Linda, Janet, Tracy, Linda West, Pauline, and Alison (present in spirit! Hallelujah!) are preparing for the blessed Resurrection with fasting/prayer. If there is enough interest we shall meet at WOC for communion together Thursday at 2:00. Please indicate here by Wednesday morning if you would like to participate. If there are other interest besides the ones mentioned, just add your name! Praise God!
In His grace,