The Word for today:
Psalms 117, 118
mark this: Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Note: At Passover, the Jews observed unwavering ritual from generation to generation. On this most holy night, three songs were sung--in this order: Psalm 115, 116, 118.
He knew what came next. He knew it was the last supper. It was Passover and the lamb had to die for the sins of the people.
He knew--from the testimony of the scriptures, from the testimony of prayer, and from the testimony of the great prophet, John the Baptist--that he was the Lamb that a million lambs had pointed to; that this was the Passover that 1500 Passovers had predicted; and that this was the Night, of all nights, that the Lord had made. And he sang so:
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.Then he was on his way:
This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:17-24)
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Matthew 26:30)
The Bible says we have eyes of the heart (1). If we have eyes, then we can infer we have ears of the heart as well.
With the ears of my heart, I have heard him sing this Psalm. He sings it triumphantly, lustily, exultantly. He sings like David danced.
The Jewish day begins at sundown. Leaving the upper room, he stepped into dark streets.
And the evening and the morning were (2), on the Day the LORD hath made.
(1) Ephesians 1:18; (2) Genesis 1:5