GOD PAUSE: I learned something new during my quiet time this morning --- that Psalm 117 may have been the hymn that Jesus sang when he left the supper to head out to the Garden of Gethsemane. Psalm 117:1 says “Let everyone everywhere shine with praise to Yahweh! Let it all out! Go ahead and praise him!” Isn't it so powerful that in his darkest, most challenging time, Jesus' heart was full of praise to his heavenly Father? Knowing that what lied ahead of Him, testing his faith, Jesus was focused on what mattered most to him. Dear Lord, it's no wonder that praising you is called the gateway into your presence. May it be so in our lives every day. Even today. Amen and amen.