“Hallelujah Psalms - III”

                As Jesus and the 11 left the upper room and made their way across the valley toward the garden of prayer, the words of a hymn were on their lips.  These words helped prepare them for the dark and trying events of the next many hours, when the Innocent One would be arrested, “tried,” tortured, and killed.  The Lord of life would give up His life for all the world.

                Some of the words they sang together may have been from what we know as Psalm 115.  Central to this song is a mocking of paganism, verses 2-8.  It acknowledges that believers in God are often mocked – “Where is their God?”  Such was actually done while Jesus hung on the cross!  (Matthew 27:43).  But notice in these verses how the psalmist points out how fake the gods of the world are:  they are hand-made, they can’t speak, they can’t see, they can’t hear, they can’t smell.  Their hands do not feel and their feet do not walk.

                And the saddest truth?  Those who make them and then bow down to them become just like them:  blind, deaf, immobile, callous, cruel.  What better description of those who put Jesus to death could be made?  And amazingly, of these people, Jesus said – “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

                The rest of the song is a call to trust – to trust in God.  Such would be greatly needed in the coming hours as Jesus and the disciples faced their greatest tests.  The disciples, despite singing such words of faith, would fail miserably.  Jesus would pass with flying colors.  Such is the difference between Jesus and us.

                Thanks be to God that Jesus always has these meaningful words on his heart in relation to us – “Father, forgive them…”  He is truly our divine Advocate, pleading our case effectively before the Father, offering His blood before the throne on our behalf. 

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.