Psalm 118 – what a wonderful read! A wealth of song writing and poetry material. It is worth reading daily to enjoy reminding ourselves we are not in this life alone. This good, good Father loves us from before we were created, and now and to eternity. What comfort! Such love! We need not fear the future or worry about the past but live each day appreciating every gift from this all knowing and faithful Lord.
As I read this Psalm lines of songs pop into my head:
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever
Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong in the Saviour’s love
I will give thanks to you, O Lord among the heavens
This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.
I read the following quote from Enduring Word by David Guzik: Though this was [likely] David’s Psalm it was also Luther’s Psalm.
“This is my own beloved psalm. Although the entire Psalter and all of Holy Scripture are dear to me as my only comfort and source of life, I fell in love with this psalm especially. Therefore I call it my own. When emperors and kings, the wise and the learned, and even saints could not aid me, this psalm proved a friend and helped me out of many great troubles. As a result, it is dearer to me than all the wealth, honor, and power of the pope, the Turk, and the emperor. I would be most unwilling to trade this psalm for all of it.” (Martin Luther, cited by Boice)
Luther went on to say about verse 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord :
“Thou must learn to call, and not to sit there by thyself, and lie on the bench, hang and shake thy head, and bite and devour thyself with thy thoughts; but come on, thou indolent knave, down upon thy knees, up with thy hands and eyes to heaven, take a Psalm or a prayer, and set forth thy distress with tears before God.” (Luther, cited in Spurgeon)
Such faith in action! Let’s hope and pray we recall this Psalm when any indolent knaves we know are facing problems in life. May we be prepared to get down on our knees and call on our Saviour as a first resort.
Re-read the psalm again and think about our God and Father, his never-ending love and all he has done for us with the death of his Son, and be thankful.