“When In Our Music God Is Glorified”
We are in the midst of Holy Week. We began our journey last Sunday as we waived our palm branches and shouted “Hosanna!” “Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the LORD!” How quickly this parade turns into the darkest day in history. I hope that you have been able to come to the church this week (or will by Saturday) and pray through the Stations of the Cross. This truly humbling reminder of Jesus’s last hours on earth, from the Garden as he prayed alone to being laid in the tomb, is a transformative glimpse into what our Lord suffered.
The church has, for centuries, used the final statements of Jesus from the cross as a devotion and meditation to ponder those final hours of Jesus. In the traditional ordering of these seven statements, “Into your hands I commit my spirit,” is the last statement that Jesus speaks from the cross. We do not know exactly in what order these statements were said because the Gospel writers do not include each of the seven statements in their accounts, but rather a few of the statements. This statement, “Into your hands I commit my spirit,” is a quotation from Psalm 31:5. In his New Testament commentary on Luke’s Gospel, William Barclay suggests that this prayer from Psalm 31:5 was a prayer Jewish children were taught by their mothers to pray as they went to sleep each night. We might compare this prayer to a popular prayer used today by children: Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. In your darkest hour, in your hour of need, when you face the unknown, may your prayer be: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Easter Blessings, Dakota