Through the years, many meaningful choruses, hymns, and praise songs have moved me. Now when I sing them decades later, in a different setting, a flood of memories come to mind, when yet again these songs are used to lift up praises and thanksgiving to our King. Although Psalm 118 was written many generations before the birth of Jesus, it is very likely that Jesus sang it during the Last Supper with His disciples. One stanza of this song is, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you.” We can read a similar refrain in all four of the Gospel accounts when Jesus entered Jerusalem, riding on a colt.
Another part of this song says, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Jesus sang this knowing what was before Him. He endured our sin and overcame His death. He was able to rejoice and be glad, trusting that God’s good purposes would not be thwarted. Good songs are meant to be sung forever. Singing God’s praises is one thing we know we will do through all eternity, so let’s keep on singing now, or as in my case, keep making a joyful noise unto the Lord!