Psalm 118

Psalm 118

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His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

118   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
  Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
  Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
  Let those who fear the LORD say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
  Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
    the LORD answered me and set me free.
  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?
  The LORD is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
  It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in man.
  It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in princes.
  All nations surrounded me;
    in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
  They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
    in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
  They surrounded me like bees;
    they went out like a fire among thorns;
    in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
  I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the LORD helped me.
  The LORD is my strength and my song;
    he has become my salvation.
  Glad songs of salvation
    are in the tents of the righteous:
  “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
    the right hand of the LORD exalts,
    the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”
  I shall not die, but I shall live,
    and recount the deeds of the LORD.
  The LORD has disciplined me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
  Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the LORD.
  This is the gate of the LORD;
    the righteous shall enter through it.
  I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
  The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
  This is the LORD’s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
  This is the day that the LORD has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  Save us, we pray, O LORD!
    O LORD, we pray, give us success!
  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
    We bless you from the house of the LORD.
  The LORD is God,
    and he has made his light to shine upon us.
  Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
    up to the horns of the altar!
  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God; I will extol you.
  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

(ESV)


Psalm 118 Commentary

by Hank Workman

“When I think about the Lord
How He saved me how He raised me
How He filled me with the Holy Ghost
How He healed me to the uttermost
When I think about the Lord
How He picked me up and turned me around
How He placed my feet on solid ground”

James Huey

Beautiful.  These words should resonate deeply within all who call upon the Lord as their Savior and hope.  He has done more than imaginable for each of us personally.  He has taken each from the fray of life and brought us to His table.  He has offered forgiveness through His Son.  His Son, who died for each of our sins, meeting us where we were and offering hope. He has led us through many a trial and situation, always being the victor.

Gives thanks to the Lord.  His love endures forever.

“The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid.  The Lord is with me.  He is my helper.”

Psalm 118:6,7

There is a never-ending mercy of God given to us over and over again.  As the psalmist proclaims, so we know to be true – we call upon Him and He answers.  He helps.  He gives attention and aid. He pours out wisdom as we seek.  For as the psalmist knows, so must we come to this conclusion as well.  The Lord is with me.

This thought sets us free from any type of dire situation where we do not need to live in fear in precarious and hard difficulties.  God is with us.  Jesus is right beside.  Although circumstances most of the time speak toward someone having the upper hand, the reality is it’s better to put our trust in Jesus than what seemingly someone can do.

Oh, think about the Lord and how He has been faithful to you in the past.  How does this translate to the present now?  How does this stir for you a renewed hope of the fact, He loves you.  He is in control.  He will provide.  The Lord is with you.

“It makes me wanna shout: Hallelujah thank You Jesus
Lord You’re worthy of all the glory
And all the honor and all the praise
It makes me wanna shout
Hallelujah thank You Jesus
Lord You’re worthy of all the glory
And all the honor and all the praise”

James Huey

Psalm 118 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Many scholars believe that Psalm 118 was written during Moses’ day in the Exodus. If you compare this psalm to Exodus 15, there are remarkable similarities.

Psalms 118:14 NASB  The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.
Exodus 15:2a NASB  The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation;

Psalms 118:16 NASB  The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
Exodus 15:6 NASB  Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

Psalms 118:28 NASB  You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.
Exodus 15:2b NASB  This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him.

Overall, this psalm contains heavy Messianic themes. It is one of the most quoted psalms in all the NT. Verses 22 and 23 are very familiar.

The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.  23  This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

Psalms 118:22-23 NASB

Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES’?

Matthew 21:42 NASB

The Matthew 21 reference above is actually spoken by Jesus during the parable of tenants. In a scathing accusation against the religious elite, Jesus reveals very clearly how they are the builders who rejected the chief cornerstone.

Finally, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.  38  “But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance!’  39  So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  40  Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?”

Matthew 21:37-40 HCSB

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing its fruit.  44  Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whoever it falls, it will grind him to powder!”

Matthew 21:43-44 HCSB

There are only two responses to Christ. Either we are broken to repentance when we fall on Christ or we suffer the righteous judgment of God as the eternal weight of our sin will crush us to powder.

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