Psalm 118

The author leads a festive procession to the sanctuary to praise the LORD. This psalm may have been written for the Feast of Tabernacles.

 


 

HIS LOVING KINDNESS ENDURES FOREVER

NOTE. This is one of the “Hallel” psalms. They are sung at the Passover meal. They include Psalm 113114115, 116, 117, and 118.

 

VERSE 1. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.

Give thanks to the LORD. The author is calling other people to join in praising the LORD.

 

VERSE 2. Let Israel now say that his loving kindness endures forever.

 

VERSE 3. Let the house of Aaron now say that his loving kindness endures forever.

 

VERSE 4. Now let those who fear the LORD say that his loving kindness endures forever.

 

VERSE 5. Out of my distress, I called on the LORD. The LORD answered me with freedom.

answered me with freedom. The LORD is always leading us into greater freedom.

 

VERSE 6. The LORD is on my side. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

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This verse is quoted in Hebrews 13:

Hebrews 13:6. So that with good courage we say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

I will not be afraid. The person who walks with the LORD can have remarkable courage.

 

VERSE 7. The LORD is on my side among those who help me. Therefore I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

 

VERSE 8. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in man.

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put confidence in man. For lots of people, their confidence is in other people, and not so much in the LORD alone.

 

VERSE 9. It is better to take refuge in the LORD, than to put confidence in princes.

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princes. Human leaders, whether secular or spiritual, will always disappoint us. We should not base our spirituality on them. Instead, we can base our spirituality on Jesus Christ, on the Bible, and on the great documents from the whole Christian heritage.

 

VERSE 10. All the nations surrounded me, but in the LORD’s name, I cut them off.

All the nations surrounded me. This hints that the author might be a king.

 

VERSE 11. They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me. In the LORD’s name I indeed cut them off.

 

VERSE 12. They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the LORD’s name I cut them off.

 

VERSE 13. You pushed me back hard, to make me fall, but the LORD helped me.

 

VERSE 14. The LORD is my strength and song. He has become my salvation [yeshu`ah].

 

VERSE 15. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous. “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.

 

VERSE 16. The right hand of the LORD is exalted! The right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”

right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.

 

VERSE 17. I will not die, but live, and declare the LORD’s works.

 

VERSE 18. The LORD has punished me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

 

VERSE 19. Open to me the gates of righteousness. I will enter into them. I will give thanks to the LORD.

Open to me the gates of righteousness. The author is asking to be admitted into the temple. Perhaps in the previous verses, the author was processing through the city toward the temple.

 

VERSE 20. This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous will enter into it.

the righteous will enter. What are the qualifications for entry into the temple? Psalm 15 comes to mind. It was probably spoken by a priest.

 

VERSE 21. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have become my salvation.

 

VERSE 22. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

Psalm 118:22-23. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This is the LORD’s doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.

Matthew 21:42.  Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected was made the head of the corner. This was from the Lord. It is marvelous in our eyes?’

Mark 12:10. Haven’t you even read this Scripture: ‘The stone which the builders rejected was made the head of the corner.

Luke 20:17. But he looked at them and said, “Then what is this that is written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected was made the chief cornerstone?’

Acts 4:11. He is ‘the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.’

1 Peter 2:7. For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,”

 

VERSE 23. This is the LORD’s doing. It is marvelous in our eyes.

 

VERSE 24. This is the day that the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!

 

VERSE 25. Save us now, we beg you, LORD! LORD, we beg you, send prosperity now.

 

VERSE 26. Blessed is he who comes in the LORD’s name! We have blessed you out of the LORD’s house.

Psalm 118:26. Blessed is he who comes in the LORD’s name! We have blessed you out of the LORD’s house.

Matthew 21:9. The multitudes who went in front of him, and those who followed, kept shouting, “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

Mark 11:9. Those who went in front, and those who followed, cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!

Luke 13:35. Behold, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”

Luke 19:38. saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!”

 

VERSE 27. The LORD is God, and he has given us light. Bind the sacrifice with cords, even to the horns of the altar.

 

VERSE 28. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. You are my God, I will exalt you.

 

VERSE 29. Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever.

 


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