Psalm 118

1  Oh give thanks to the LORD;  for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.  2 LetIsrael now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me and set me in a large place.  6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?  7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hat me.  8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidences in princes.  10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.  11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.  12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.  13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.  14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous:  the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.  16 The right hand of the LORD is exulted:  the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.  17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.  18 The LORD hath chastened me sore:  but he hath not given me over unto death.  19 Open to me the gates of righteousness:  I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:  20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.  21 I will praise thee:  for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  23 This is the LORD’S doing:  it is marvellous in our eyes.  24 This is the day which the LORD hat made;  we will rejoice and be glad in it.  25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD:  O LORD , I beseech thee, send now prosperity.  26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD:  we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.  27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light:  bind the sacrifice with chords, even unto the horns of the altar.  28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee:  thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  29 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good:  for his mercy endureth fo ever.

The following commentary is from Warren W Wiersbe’s BE Exultant.

    Sandwiched between the shortest psalm and the longest, this is the last song in the Egyptian Hallel.  The background is probably the dedication of the restored walls and gates of Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles in 444 BC, in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.  The Jews in the city were surrounded by enemies who first ridiculed them and then threatened to attack them and stop the work (vv. 10-14;  Neh. 2:19-20)……The psalm mentions gates (vv. 19-20) and building ( v. 22) and certainly expresses the joy the people experienced as they beheld what the LORD had done.  The repeated phrases in verses 2-4, 10-12, and 15-16 suggest that the psalm was written for public worship.  The pronouns “I” and “me” in verses 5-21 refer to the nation of Israel and not to the psalmist.  But the psalm speaks to all believers in every age and gives them four practical instructions.

     1.  Give Thanks to the Lord at All Times  (vv. 1-4).  The psalm is bracketed by thanksgiving (vv. 1-4, 28-29), for this is one of the purposes of the “hallelujah” psalms, and we have met the threefold address before (115:9-11).  The human situation may change many times, but God’s merciful kindness endures forever……”Those who fear the Lord” would include all of God’s faithful people, Jews and Gentiles—-“the upright in heart”—-who faithfully obeyed His Word and feared His name.  God’s people today have every spiritual blessing in Jesus Christ (Eph. 1-3) and certainly ought to praise His name.

     2.  Trust the Lord in Every Crisis (vv. 5-14).  “The Lord” is mentioned in every verse in this paragraph because He was the one who protected Israel from their enemies and enabled the people to complete the work in difficult times……The people learned to trust, not in kings and princes, but in the Lord alone  (vv. 8-9).  They also learned that, though the enemy might attack them like bees, the Lord would give them victory (vv. 10-12).  This was also true when Nehemiah came to Jerusalem in 444 BC and directed the work of rebuilding the walls and restoring the gates.  Knowing that the nation of Israel was God’s chosen instrument for bringing blessing to the world, Satan opposed the work and sought to destroy both the people and their city, but faith and courage carried Israel through to victory (vv. 5-7)……The statement in verse 14 is significant.  The Jews sang it when they were delivered from Egypt (Ex. 15:2) and when God enabled them to rebuild their temple and the city walls (118:14)……God’s people must learn to trust Him in every crisis of life……

     3.  Glorify the Lord after Every Victory (vv. 15-21).  When the wall was dedicated, the joyful shouts of the people were heard afar off (Neh. 12:43), and the psalmist mentions this (vv. 15-16)……The people were careful to give the Lord all the glory for what Israel had done in the restoring of the city……One of the best ways to “seal”  God’s blessing to our hearts and make sure He gets the glory is to publicly praise Him—-and keep on praising Him!

     4.  See the Lord in Every Experience (vv. 22-29).  Under Zerubbabel and Ezra, the Jewish people had been rebuilding the temple, and under the leadership of Nehemiah, they had rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and restored the gates.  During these activities, did they find among the ruins a large stone that they rejected, only to discover it was the most important stone of all?  The Gentile nations had despised and rejected Israel,,,,,, but God had spared them to finish the work He gave them to do.  In scripture the stone is a familiar image of the Lord God……It particularly points to the Messiah (Is. 8:14)……Peter made it clear that the Jewish leaders (“builders”) had rejected their Messiah, the Stone (Acts 4:11), and He became to them a stone of stumbling (Is 28:16;  Rom. 9:32-33).  But in His death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ has become the chief cornerstone of the church……Jesus Christ is seen in this psalm—-His triumphal entry (vv. 25-26), His rejection (v. 27), His death and resurrection (v. 17), and His exultation as God’s chosen Stone (vv. 22-23).  Perhaps verse 24 hints at the Lord’s Day, the day of resurrection, as “the new day” of the new creation made possible by His atoning work.  It is important that we see Jesus Christ in every new experience of life, for then these experiences will help us grow in grace and become more like the Savior.

I hope I always follow instruction number 4 because then I will probably be also doing 1,2 and 3. Please post any thoughts you might have, any devotions you have read today and songs that this Psalm reminds you of and anything else. This is an open thread.

I wish everyone a very blessed day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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