This is one of my most favourite psalms written by king David and the most quoted in the entire New Testament.
It’s found in each of the Gospel – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
How Psalm 118 starts:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.
Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”
From my distress I cried to the Lord; he answered me and set me in a large place.
What David is describing here is what we feel many times in our lives, when we almost can’t breathe, everything around is crushing down.
Then God come and pulls us, set us in wide open space where we can breathe again.
When God comes, everything becomes fine. He give us power to continue. Even in most difficult moments.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
Although all weapons of the enemy raise against us, NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD. From our Father who care so much and always direct His grace towards us.
Here David speak about rejoicing of those who have been made right with God, who are in His team, on His side, His children, Chosen.
The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
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 authorities.
All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation.
Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous.
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.
Solomon as well spoke about discipline from the Lord: “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke. Because the Lord disciplines those who he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12
The Holy Spirit does 3 things – directs us, correct us and empowers us.
In next verses is David prophetic vision of what Jesus would do for us:
Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Jesus refers to this at Matthew 21:33 – The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. “But they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
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?”
Here Jesus is describing to the high priests – Jewish leaders what they were doing to God’s prophets. And now He came, and they rejected him too.
God is saying, I choose you, but you didn’t want my salvation. You are trying to keep the law, but you didn’t accept my Word, you rejected a corner stone. (Story from Luke 14:17).
That’s why Paul said it’s not anymore about circumcision of flesh, but circumision of the heart. Romans 2:25-29
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Important thing is when Jesus said: “He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.” Matthew 21:44
What this means? If we go to Daniel chapter 7, we will see this is about the kingdoms that will arise. It will be 4 kings that will rise against kingdom of God, and then… THEY WILL FAIL.
The powers built here on the earth will come back down and Jesus – corner stone – will be lifted up. The Kingdom of God will rule and ruin on the earth.
Disciples mentioned this too in Acts chapter 4, when they took them in the court to explain how they healed a man who was blind for 40 years. The said you reject the stone and he has become the corner stone- Jesus Christ. And they literally said you can’t stop this. You can kill us. But it will still keep going. Because we heal this man in the name of Jesus and this is from God.
Interesting is what we find in prophet Isaiah 28:16-17
So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.
The end of the Psalm 118 where David is saying that Glory of God will fill the earth when Jesus came:
The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.
Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
In Luke 19:38 when people saw Jesus – crowd began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
From the house of the Lord we bless you. The Lord is God,and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Thank you Jesus! ♥