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Praise Before Victory

My devotion today really struck me as an important truth for us all to understand, especially today, Good Friday! It centered around Mark 14:26 which tells us that immediately after Jesus celebrated the "Last Supper" (or the Passover meal) with his disciples, the night of his arrest before his cruxifixction the following day, they sung a hymn together! Have you ever read this before? Maybe you have, like me, but the significance of this action didn't really sink in. Just less than 24 hours before his grueling torture at the hands of ruthless, Roman soldiers, and his death upon the cross, Jesus sung a hymn of praise to his heavenly Father! How in the world could he do this? Could you or I? Are we able to praise our heavenly Father even when our circumstances in the short term look grim?

The author of my devotion states: "Jesus was about to go to Gethsemane and to the cross, where God's greatest victory would be accomplished. He led His disciples to sing a hymn. The disciples were all about to fail Him, and Jesus was about to be cruelly executed, yet Jesus insisted that they praise God. Their praise looked beyond the cross to God's ultimate victory. Praise is rooted not in circumstances of the moment but in the nature and trustworthiness of God."

We need to grasp this truth and hold fast to it! Today is Good Friday, as well as the actual date of Passover on the Jewish calendar! Today, as we grasp the attitude and example of Jesus Christ, whom we are to follow, may we whole heartedly praise our Heavenly Father who is good and trustworthy. Our current circumstances, for better or worse, may be the very thing that ushers in victory on the other side! So as we celebrate the victory of Jesus (for us) this Easter weekend, let us praise God the Father with our whole hearts, souls, and minds!

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