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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Christ The Cornerstone


Psalm 118

1Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.
2Let Israel say:
“His love endures forever.”
3Let the house of Aaron say:
“His love endures forever.”
4Let those who fear the Lord say:
“His love endures forever.”
5When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
He brought me into a spacious place.
6The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
7The Lord is with me; He is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.
8It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in humans.
9It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.
10All the nations surrounded me,
but in the Name of the Lord I cut them down.
11They surrounded me on every side,
but in the Name of the Lord I cut them down.
12They swarmed around me like bees,
but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;
in the Name of the Lord I cut them down.
13I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the Lord helped me.
14The Lord is my strength and my defensea ;
He has become my salvation.
15Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
16The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
18The Lord has chastened me severely,
but He has not given me over to death.
19Open for me the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
21I will give you thanks, for You answered me;
You have become my salvation.

22The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
23the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.
25Lord, save us!
Lord, grant us success!
26Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless You.b
27The Lord is God,
and He has made His light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
upc to the horns of the altar.
28You are my God, and I will praise You;
You are my God, and I will exalt you.
29Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.



PSALM 118


It is probable that David penned this Psalm when he had, after many a story gained a full possession of the kingdom to which he had been anointed. He then invites and stirs up his friends to join with him, not only in a cheerful acknowledgment of God's goodness and a cheerful dependence upon that goodness for the future, but in a believing expectation of the Promised Messiah, of whose Kingdom and His exaltation to it. 

To him, the prophet David here bears witness, in the latter part of the Psalm. Christ Himself applies it to Himself (Matthew 21:42).

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes?”

And the former part of the Psalm may fairly, and without forcing, be accommodated to Him and His undertaking. Some think it was first calculated for the solemnity of the bringing up of the Ark of Jehovah to the city of David, and was afterwards sung at the feast of tabernacles.

On whatever the occasion it was penned, we have in this Psalm;

I. David calls upon all about him to give to God the glory of His goodness (v. 1-4).

II. He encourages himself and others to trust in God, from the experience He have had of God's power and pity in the great and kind things He has done for him (v. 5-18).

III. He gives thanks for his advancement to the throne, as it was a figure of the exaltation of Christ (v. 19-23).

IV. The people, the priests, and the psalmist himself, triumph in the prospect of the Redeemer's kingdom (v. 24-29).

In singing this Psalm we must glorify God for His goodness, His goodness to us, and especially His goodness to us in Jesus Christ.

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