Psalm 118:14-18

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12/05/2022

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14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
16 the right hand of the Lord exalts,  the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.  

Psalm 118:14-18 

The writer of this Psalm continues his theme from the previous verses “All nations surrounded me…surrounded me on every side…like bees…I was pushed hard…I was falling…” “But the LORD helped me.” (Psalm 118:10-13)

His life was seemingly so pressed on every side. Like swarming bees, he felt trapped, surrounded, at his wits end. Through it all he comes through by the grace of God and he recognizes this. Not by his strength, not by his power. “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” (vs. 14) He knows what was going on in his life and in the kingdom was beyond his immediate power and when all was said and done, when seeing things in hindsight, he declares, “Only by the grace of God have I made it through!”

Have you been there? I know I have, many times. The troubles, worries, and anxieties of this life build up and you see no way out, and yet somehow, through the darkest night comes a sunrise. A way breaks through, and things somehow fall into place. Maybe not in the way I was expecting or would ever have planned, yet a way forward is there, and peace comes to the heart when realization dawns that the Lord was involved at every turn. This is, at times, difficult to explain to the unbeliever, this concept, “The LORD has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.” (verse 18) This concept of discipline of the believer is explained more fully in Hebrews 12, the concept of God the Father developing the faith of His children. We, as human children and as parents, know that both giving and receiving discipline, especially harsh discipline, isn’t pleasant. But, we also know that it is beneficial for both parties, both for the child and for the household. As it is here, the wisdom of God’s discipline in the life of His children is beneficial for both the individual child of faith and the kingdom of God.

God is in the faith growing business, so the question one might ask himself is, “What would it take to grow my faith just a little more?”

Prayer for Today: Father, it is by faith, and not by sight, that I must journey through this life. Help me, I pray, to walk faithfully today under Your guiding hand, trusting in Your love and saving grace through Your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose Name I pray. Amen.

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14 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
16 the right hand of the Lord exalts,  the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.  

Psalm 118:14-18 

The writer of this Psalm continues his theme from the previous verses “All nations surrounded me…surrounded me on every side…like bees…I was pushed hard…I was falling…” “But the LORD helped me.” (Psalm 118:10-13)

His life was seemingly so pressed on every side. Like swarming bees, he felt trapped, surrounded, at his wits end. Through it all he comes through by the grace of God and he recognizes this. Not by his strength, not by his power. “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.” (vs. 14) He knows what was going on in his life and in the kingdom was beyond his immediate power and when all was said and done, when seeing things in hindsight, he declares, “Only by the grace of God have I made it through!”

Have you been there? I know I have, many times. The troubles, worries, and anxieties of this life build up and you see no way out, and yet somehow, through the darkest night comes a sunrise. A way breaks through, and things somehow fall into place. Maybe not in the way I was expecting or would ever have planned, yet a way forward is there, and peace comes to the heart when realization dawns that the Lord was involved at every turn. This is, at times, difficult to explain to the unbeliever, this concept, “The LORD has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.” (verse 18) This concept of discipline of the believer is explained more fully in Hebrews 12, the concept of God the Father developing the faith of His children. We, as human children and as parents, know that both giving and receiving discipline, especially harsh discipline, isn’t pleasant. But, we also know that it is beneficial for both parties, both for the child and for the household. As it is here, the wisdom of God’s discipline in the life of His children is beneficial for both the individual child of faith and the kingdom of God.

God is in the faith growing business, so the question one might ask himself is, “What would it take to grow my faith just a little more?”

Prayer for Today: Father, it is by faith, and not by sight, that I must journey through this life. Help me, I pray, to walk faithfully today under Your guiding hand, trusting in Your love and saving grace through Your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose Name I pray. Amen.

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