Psalm 118:19-24

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12/06/2022

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19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.[a]
23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Psalm 118:19-24

The writer of this Psalm, which is a song of worship for the congregation is assumed to be written by David. It reveals a time that he has come through a period of great distress, feeling that all was against him. Troubles were literally swarming around him, but he then comes through it by the grace of God, in the strength of the Lord. He Recognized that the Lord allowed him to experience the challenge as he reveals in verse 18. When we, as believers, fully embrace the concept that circumstances that surround us in this life are not random, everything is of a spiritual nature. God says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. We can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6) We then begin to recognize faith is like muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it gets. As David begins coming through his darkness, he recognizes the Lord’s hand in his deliverance, and his heart explodes in ecstatic joyful praise to God. The writer knows that he didn’t come through the trial in his own strength, wisdom, and power, but by the hand of God was he saved. His heart is filled with praise! He can’t help himself.

It is just this way for the believer at every turn. Even in the seemingly smallest of moments…a very near miss of an accident at an intersection, a medical condition that suddenly clears up, or months/years of a trial with a loved one or a work issue and suddenly, the darkness is lifted, and you get a glimpse of the Lord’s hand in it. In these examples and thousands more, you cannot stop the praise that wells up in your heart and then joyfully express it to God in your spirit. As the morning breaks on your deliverance, your tongue declares that, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father, thank You for those glimpses of heaven and revelation of Your faithfulness when we need it most. Through our darkest trials and faith-building challenges, You, Lord, show Your faithfulness when we keep our eyes on You. We give You thanks and praise, Almighty God, in and through your accepted sacrifice, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

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19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.[a]
23 This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Psalm 118:19-24

The writer of this Psalm, which is a song of worship for the congregation is assumed to be written by David. It reveals a time that he has come through a period of great distress, feeling that all was against him. Troubles were literally swarming around him, but he then comes through it by the grace of God, in the strength of the Lord. He Recognized that the Lord allowed him to experience the challenge as he reveals in verse 18. When we, as believers, fully embrace the concept that circumstances that surround us in this life are not random, everything is of a spiritual nature. God says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you. We can confidently say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6) We then begin to recognize faith is like muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it gets. As David begins coming through his darkness, he recognizes the Lord’s hand in his deliverance, and his heart explodes in ecstatic joyful praise to God. The writer knows that he didn’t come through the trial in his own strength, wisdom, and power, but by the hand of God was he saved. His heart is filled with praise! He can’t help himself.

It is just this way for the believer at every turn. Even in the seemingly smallest of moments…a very near miss of an accident at an intersection, a medical condition that suddenly clears up, or months/years of a trial with a loved one or a work issue and suddenly, the darkness is lifted, and you get a glimpse of the Lord’s hand in it. In these examples and thousands more, you cannot stop the praise that wells up in your heart and then joyfully express it to God in your spirit. As the morning breaks on your deliverance, your tongue declares that, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Prayer for Today: Heavenly Father, thank You for those glimpses of heaven and revelation of Your faithfulness when we need it most. Through our darkest trials and faith-building challenges, You, Lord, show Your faithfulness when we keep our eyes on You. We give You thanks and praise, Almighty God, in and through your accepted sacrifice, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

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