As they finished their supper we are told that they sang a hymn. This meal was a Passover celebration, and it was a Jewish tradition to end the Passover meal with the singing of a hymn. The hymns from which they would have chosen were from a collection of Psalms which we designate as Psalms 113 through 118. These are songs of remembrance and praise which would have been sung in a call and response manner. The response was "hallelujah."
As we approach World Communion Sunday preparing to celebrate communion, we gratefully have returned to in-person worship sharing the sacrament directly with one another. We have a great many reasons also to sing "hallelujah!" Psalm 117 is the shortest of the psalms in this group, but it says all that we ever need to say.
Praise the Lord, all you nations!
Extol him, all you peoples!
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate our Lord's meal and rehearse life in God's Kingdom.