So, Tim Smelser is one of those preachers who seems to have a knack for speaking on a topic that just really resonates with you.  Last night was no different.

(It’s not online yet… remind me and I’ll keep checking to post a link to listen.)

The general gist to start off with was songs that just really mean something to us.  He told how remembered one song meant a lot to his parents who were missionaries over seas.  It was one they sang after their Thanksgiving dinner where a number of American missionaries had gathered.  (Sorry, I don’t remember the details now.  I didn’t write it down!)

It automatically made me think of Amazing Grace.  This song will always hold a very special place in my heart.  We always sang the first and last verse of it and said a prayer before we started every show at the Dinner Theatre.  A few of us “theatre kids” sang it last November at Stephen Elrod’s funeral for this very reason.  I’ve now lost three other of my good theatre friends, only adding to how special this song is to me.

But Tim called our attention to the end of a verse that we probably kind of gloss over usually.

When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. – Mark 14:26

So there was at least one song that Jesus sang as His last.  One that his disciples probably never heard or sang again without remembering him.  That “one last song” probably meant a lot to Him, too.  So what was it?  Do we know?

Well, if you look at the traditions of Passover and the Psalms they sang, the last songs He/ they sang were probably Psalms 113 to 118.  (Click that link to read.) I’d especially encourage you to read Psalm 118.  It’s really kind of cool to think that that could have been the last song He heard and sang.  It ends with “give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever.”  It’s nice to know that He had some words of comfort and reminders of His Father’s love there at the end.

So, I’ll leave you to read and ponder that… and end with the words to Amazing Grace…

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.  I once was lost, but now I’m found.  Was blind, but now I see.  When we’ve been there, ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’ve first begun.