“Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.”
This is the only place in scripture where it was recorded that Jesus sang. There is no question that He sang on other occasions, we just don’t know the specifics. The hymn on the way to the Mount would’ve been from the Book of Psalms, and most likely one of the Psalms of Ascent that would of coincided with that particular date. These hymns were known as the Hallel Psalms (meaning “Praise” psalms), and consisted of Psalms 113-118.
Jesus ‘singing’ tells us a lot of His frame of mind while heading for His death in just a few hours. When a man is about to be executed at a definite place and time its unlikely that you will find him to be musically inclined. Yet Jesus joined His brothers in singing to the Glory of God. He sings from darknesses depth.
“But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.”
John 4:23, NLT
The search in on! The Father looks into our hearts to find something special. Is it there? Will He choose you? Let’s not foolishly think that because you play the piano or the guitar you’ll be a “shoe-in.” “Spirit and truth” is the awareness needed. Being ‘filled with the Spirit’ is the only thing that is really necessary.
“Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.”
Ephesians 5:19, NLT
An insincere heart can’t worship sincerely.
God is looking for worship that’s sincere and strong. If we are not “spirit and truth” worshippers we can’t fake it. It is malfunctioning. But we can commence to begin. We can start by preparing our hearts. Putting them under the spigot of the spirit and of truth. Let them soak like a sponge in God’s grace. Things that are dry, will saturate themselves in God.