The Final Hymn

#397  The Final Hymn

“Rise up, let us leave.”  John 14:31 When they had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The little group stood up after partaking of the Passover/Remembrance supper and sang a hymn from the Hallel, from Psalm 113-118.  The Hallel is a group of Psalms known as Praise Psalms, traditionally sung  or chanted at Passover.  Psalm 116-118 may have been the part of the Hallel sung after the Supper.

These Psalms give us insight into the strength and focus of the thoughts upon which our Lord meditated as he faced his final extremity of challenge.

His determination was set and strong to fulfil his vow to do His Father’s will, motivated by His goodness and knowing that the Father esteemed his sacrifice as precious in His sight.

How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, truly I am your servant;  I am your servant, the son of your maidservant;
You have freed me from my chains.
I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD.
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the LORD—in your midst, O Jerusalem.   Psalm 116:12-14, 19

 He kept the vision of the time when all the human family would finally praise the Father, having been resurrected and healed from their unbelief and blindness.

Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Psalm 117:1-2

 He trusted in the sureness of his deliverance.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: his love endures forever.
In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.
The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The LORD is with me; he is my helper….
I will look in triumph on my enemies.  Psalm 118:1, 5-7

He saw the future conversion of his people Israel, when they would mourn the one they pierced, when they will finally say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.’  He saw the time when they would finally see the blessing that God shone upon them through His Son. And he rejoiced in the willing surrender of their lives to the Father, a foreshadowing of when all the human family would come to the same appreciation.  Philippians 2;   Jeremiah 31……..The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;  The LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;  Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  From the house of the LORD we bless you.
The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will give you thanks;  You are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.  Psalm 118:22-29

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