A Psalm of Thanksgiving #118 Nov 15, 2019 18:11:38 GMT -6
Post by Natalie on Nov 15, 2019 18:11:38 GMT -6
Our ladies Bible study is doing a study on the Psalms. The one we focused on this week is number 118. I'm sure a lot of people know parts of this Psalm:
"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone"
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD"
"This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
There's even a song with that last one.
But, as we went through it, there were some new thoughts.
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD:
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank You that You have answered me
and become my salvation.
Because of Jesus, the door (John 10:9) the gates are open! And we may enter through them because we are dressed in His righteousness!
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
This is the LORD's doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Jesus quoted the first part of this section after His entry into Jerusalem. The religious leaders rejected Him, but Jesus is the cornerstone on which all is to be built. And this is God's doing! It won't be stopped. And even though God makes every day, the day of the Crucifixion is the day that we should most rejoice and be glad in.
Save us, we pray, O LORD!
O LORD, we pray, give us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
We bless you from the house of the LORD.
Very much what the crowd was crying out when Jesus entered into Jerusalem. Hosannah! Save us now!
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 alter!
I can see this two ways - 1) Because of Jesus, the light of the world, we turn to God to worship, much like the Jews would have done with their sacrifices and offerings 2) Jesus, God's light, was bound and sacrificed. "Festal" would be in celebration. Passover is a celebration. I was looking up things about Passover, and the greeting they use can be translated as "happy festival" or "happy holiday" [holy-day].
It's the day the LORD has made...let us rejoice and be glad in it.