While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ― Billy Joel
“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
― Albert Schweitzer
“To live is to be musical, starting with the blood dancing in your veins. Everything living has a rhythm. Do you feel your music?” ― Michael Jackson
Along with sports and movies, music has always been a passion of mine. I used to request songs over the phone to a local radio station and wait anxiously by my boom box hoping to hear them. Now I am amazed at the technological advances that have brought us to the point where I can ask the Google Assistant in my kitchen to play me a song – ANY SONG – and I will hear it instantly. As the above quotes express, music plays a powerful role in human existence. It heals, it soothes, it brings joy and life.
Can you imagine what it was like to be in the Upper Room the night that Jesus was betrayed and arrested? There must have been a sense of uncertainty in the air about Judas’s departure. A dark cloud of sadness after Jesus predicted his upcoming death. At the same time, these 12 men had just celebrated the Passover – remembering God’s faithfulness over the generations.
How do they conclude this confusing yet comforting time together? Through singing a hymn. I can only imagine how it must have felt to be in that room and hear the voices singing – perhaps some cracking due to emotion or fatigue.
Music is a gift of God. It is also a tool used by God to draw our spirit to His Spirit. The longest book in the Bible – Psalms – contains lyrics to 150 worship songs. This week, take a moment to listen to a song that you love.
Do you feel your music?