by Heather Tietz
Sing praise to the LORD, you holy ones of his. Give thanks to his holy name.
In eleven verses from the book of Matthew (26:17-30), we read a poignant description of the world’s most momentous dinner – the Lord’s Supper. Jesus concluded the meal with His disciples in song: “When they had sung a hymn (=Hallel), they went out to the Mount of Olives” (verse 30). Yes, Jesus sang!
The Great Hallel was sung at every Passover meal (Psalms 113-118). But that wouldn’t have been the only time Jesus sang psalms. From His childhood and throughout His life on earth, He sang the psalms. As an adult, it was the book of Psalms that He quoted from most often.
We are called to sing in 68 of the psalms. This is not a casual suggestion, however. It is a life-giving, joy-promising, love-filled command from our Father. Singing praises to God are His divine antidote for our pains, our sorrows, our doubts and our fears. Best of all, our praise and thanksgiving is our way of bringing glory to Him. And in corporate worship, it is magnified!
Some of us are doubtful that our off-key efforts could be pleasing to our Lord. To prove He does indeed hear and enjoy our efforts, He gave us Psalm 98:4 “Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth! Burst out in song for joy, yes, sing praises!” Our “joyful noise” is sweet music to His ears. Sing a new song for Him.