Well, here we are in week two of not being able to assemble for our regular times of worship. To be honest, it is somewhat disheartening and depressing to think about.
Earlier this week, I watched a video that just, well, it was a real “pick-me-up”. It focused on Psalm 118:24 which reads, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And the speaker made a point that I had never really thought about.
Psalm 118 is part of what is known as the “Hallel”. Psalm 113-118 were psalms that were read during the Passover.
The first couple of psalms were read before the feast and the last four (Psalms 115-118) were read after the last cup, that is, when the feast had ended.
The night before He was betrayed, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His apostles. At the conclusion of the feast, Jesus would have recited the final four psalms of the Hallel.
What this means is during the final night of Jesus’ life on earth, only a few hours before Judas would betray Him and He would be tried, convicted, and executed...Jesus recited, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
In our times of dark despair, when we are feeling isolated, lonely, disheartened and depressed, I would encourage all of us to look to the Scriptures for comfort.
The Psalms are an excellent choice of what to read, as may are written from an anguished heart.
On the darkest night of Jesus’ life, He was able to joyfully chant, “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
In these “dark” times, let’s be like Jesus. Let’s remember and joyfully chant: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”