“Give thanks to the Lord , for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. Let Israel say, “His faithful love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His faithful love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His faithful love endures forever.” I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and put me in a spacious place. The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. I will not die, but I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Give thanks to the Lord , for He is good; His faithful love endures forever.”
Psalms 118:1-6, 14, 17-17, 24, 29
Psalm 118, author unknown, but ascribed to King David, contains some of the most loved psalms in history. It begins, as always, “give thanks to God . . .for He is good, because His love endures forever!” David knew first-hand of God’s protection, provision, forgiveness andunshakable love. He wrote of that subject often and often included it in his psalms. He expands to include Israel, the preists (House of Aaron) and anyone who loves and fears God in saying, “His love endures forever”.
In vs 5, David personalizes his psalm by adding his personal experience: “I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and put me in a spacious place.” God literally freed David and relocated him to a place of freedom and David wasn’t shy about telling about it!
He continues (vs 6) with, “The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” David had all confidence in God and His ability to save, sustain and protect him. David continues with this theme for several verses and then in vs 24, writes the well known and well loved proclaimation of, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Just as personal as David’s personal relationship with God, Himself, is his invitation to join him in celebrating TODAY, each new day, THE DAY that GOD HAS GIVEN us!
In usual form, David ends his psalm very similar to how he starts it with, “Give thanks to the Lord , for He is good; His faithful love endures forever”, recapitulating the theme and meaning of the psalm.
My question is, do you know God personally like David did? Have you ever called out to Him and had Him answer in a way that was very specifically to you?
Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to pay the penalty for my sin and your sin and rose from the dead, FOREVER defeating death and the curse of sin on our behalf, giving us the possiblity of personal reconciliation to God, if we’ll only embrace Him as Lord and Savour. Is TODAY your day to embrace and rejoice in A NEW DAY with NEW LIFE IN HIM?
Think about it!