Psalm 118:25-29

Services

Sunday - 9:00 AM & 11 AM Worship Service | 9:00 am & 11 AM Sunday School

by: FCC Staff

12/07/2022

0

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!  O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,  up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;  for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:25-29 

We come to the point in this Psalm that any Bible reading believer will recognize as prophetically pointing to our Savior, Jesus Christ, as He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The people were singing this very Psalm, and He was, in fact, the very sacrifice bound with cords to the horns of the alter, the beams of the cross. In Him, God’s light has shone upon us, and we give Him thanks.

However, as we follow along with the theme of the writer of the Psalm, he and his kingdom have come through a dreadful time of trial and have now recognized the delivering hand of the Lord as we ended the previous verses, 23“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  He is ecstatic in his praise to the Lord in his humble realization that it wasn’t by his own power, wisdom, or strength, but by the grace and power of Almighty God that he was saved. So now he continues beyond himself and his own self-realization, “Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!” (v. 25) Now that success is in sight, let it be fully accomplished! In his awakened spirit there is no time to waste, God has shined the light of salvation and it is time to prepare the sacrifice and bind it to the altar!

Whenever it talks of binding a sacrifice to the altar, it is speaking of binding sin to the altar. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

There are various times in our lives that God allows us to go through varying levels of trial and darkness. These times are geared to each one of us alone. It may very well affect others, and it often does. When light shines in the darkness, when we’ve had an awakening, there is a sacrifice to be bound to the altar—a sin, an activity, or way of thinking that needs to be “bound to the altar” and repented of. Initially, it is when first coming to repentance and salvation in Christ alone for forgiveness of sin, receiving the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. Beyond that, the discipline of our Heavenly Father continues building our faith for the rest of our earthly lives. Some ask, “Why does this or that happen to ‘good people’”?  The Bible would answer, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all…” (Romans 8:32) Our Father is more interested in purifying our faith in this life than making sure our pillows are fluffed and that we’re warm and cozy. How is God building your faith today? Are you making it easy or are you resisting?

This life is short, but eternity is forever. For those who believe, no matter how good or bad we have it in this life, this is as close to hell as we will ever get. For the unbeliever, no matter how rich or poor, healthy or sick, good or bad…this is as close to heaven as they will ever get. It’s all downhill for them. Allow God to do His work in you as He sees fit, and then join the writer in saying, “You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. 29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for his is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:28, 29)

Prayer for Today: Help us, Father, to endure faithfully whatever comes our way today, remembering that heaven awaits the faithful. Help us to always look beyond our own circumstances and remember Christ, in whose name we pray, with thanksgiving and praise.  Amen!

Blog comments will be sent to the moderator

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!  O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,  up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;  for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:25-29 

We come to the point in this Psalm that any Bible reading believer will recognize as prophetically pointing to our Savior, Jesus Christ, as He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The people were singing this very Psalm, and He was, in fact, the very sacrifice bound with cords to the horns of the alter, the beams of the cross. In Him, God’s light has shone upon us, and we give Him thanks.

However, as we follow along with the theme of the writer of the Psalm, he and his kingdom have come through a dreadful time of trial and have now recognized the delivering hand of the Lord as we ended the previous verses, 23“This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  He is ecstatic in his praise to the Lord in his humble realization that it wasn’t by his own power, wisdom, or strength, but by the grace and power of Almighty God that he was saved. So now he continues beyond himself and his own self-realization, “Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!” (v. 25) Now that success is in sight, let it be fully accomplished! In his awakened spirit there is no time to waste, God has shined the light of salvation and it is time to prepare the sacrifice and bind it to the altar!

Whenever it talks of binding a sacrifice to the altar, it is speaking of binding sin to the altar. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

There are various times in our lives that God allows us to go through varying levels of trial and darkness. These times are geared to each one of us alone. It may very well affect others, and it often does. When light shines in the darkness, when we’ve had an awakening, there is a sacrifice to be bound to the altar—a sin, an activity, or way of thinking that needs to be “bound to the altar” and repented of. Initially, it is when first coming to repentance and salvation in Christ alone for forgiveness of sin, receiving the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. Beyond that, the discipline of our Heavenly Father continues building our faith for the rest of our earthly lives. Some ask, “Why does this or that happen to ‘good people’”?  The Bible would answer, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all…” (Romans 8:32) Our Father is more interested in purifying our faith in this life than making sure our pillows are fluffed and that we’re warm and cozy. How is God building your faith today? Are you making it easy or are you resisting?

This life is short, but eternity is forever. For those who believe, no matter how good or bad we have it in this life, this is as close to hell as we will ever get. For the unbeliever, no matter how rich or poor, healthy or sick, good or bad…this is as close to heaven as they will ever get. It’s all downhill for them. Allow God to do His work in you as He sees fit, and then join the writer in saying, “You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. 29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for his is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:28, 29)

Prayer for Today: Help us, Father, to endure faithfully whatever comes our way today, remembering that heaven awaits the faithful. Help us to always look beyond our own circumstances and remember Christ, in whose name we pray, with thanksgiving and praise.  Amen!

cancel save

0 Comments on this post:

Plan your visit