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1 O giue thankes vnto the Lord, for hee is good: because his mercie endureth for euer.

2 Let Israel now say: that his mercy endureth for euer.

3 Let the house of Aaron now say: that his mercy endureth for euer.

4 Let them now that feare the Lord, say: that his mercy endureth for euer.

5 I called vpon the Lord in distresse: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

6 The Lord is on my side, I will not feare: What can man doe vnto mee?

7 The Lord taketh my part with them that helpe me: therfore shall I see my desire vpon them that hate me.

8 It is better to trust in the Lord: then to put confidence in man.

9 It is better to trust in the Lord: then to put confidence in Princes.

10 All nations compassed me about: but in the Name of the Lord, will I destroy them.

11 They compassed mee about, yea they compassed mee about: but in the Name of the Lord, I will destroy them.

12 They compassed mee about like Bees, they are quenched as the fire of thornes: for in the Name of the Lord I wil destroy them.

13 Thou hast thrust sore at mee that I might fall: but the Lord helped mee.

14 The Lord is my strength and song: and is become my saluation.

15 The voice of reioycing and saluation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the Right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

16 The Right hand of the Lord is exalted: the Right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.

17 I shall not die, but liue: and declare the workes of the Lord.

18 The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not giuen me ouer vnto death.

19 Open to mee the gates of righteousnesse: I will goe into them, and I will praise the Lord:

20 This gate of the Lord: into which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise thee, for thou hast heard mee: and art become my saluation.

22 The stone which the builders refused: is become the head stone of the corner.

23 This is the Lords doing: it is marueilous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will reioyce, and be glad in it.

25 Saue now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperitie.

26 Blessed be he that commeth in the Name of the Lord: wee haue blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed vs light, bind the sacrifice with cords: euen vnto the horns of the Altar.

28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

29 O giue thanks vnto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for euer.

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Commentary for Psalms 118

It is good to trust in the Lord. (1-18) The coming of Christ in his kingdom. (19-29)

1-18 The account the psalmist here gives of his troubles is very applicable to Christ: many hated him without a cause; nay, the Lord himself chastened him sorely, bruised him, and put him to grief, that by his stripes we might be healed. God is sometimes the strength of his people, when he is not their song; they have spiritual supports, though they want spiritual delights. Whether the believer traces back his comfort to the everlasting goodness and mercy of God, or whether he looks forward to the blessing secured to him, he will find abundant cause for joy and praise. Every answer to our prayers is an evidence that the Lord is on our side; and then we need not fear what man can do unto us; we should conscientiously do our duty to all, and trust in him alone to accept and bless us. Let us seek to live to declare the works of God, and to encourage others to serve him and trust in him. Such were the triumphs of the Son of David, in the assurance that the good pleasure of the Lord should prosper in his hand.

19-29 Those who saw Christ's day at so great a distance, saw cause to praise God for the prospect. The prophecy, ver. 22,23|, may refer to David's preferment; but principally to Christ. 1. His humiliation; he is the Stone which the builders refused: they would go on in their building without him. This proved the ruin of those who thus made light of him. Rejecters of Christ are rejected of God. 2. His exaltation; he is the chief Cornerstone in the foundation. He is the chief Top-stone, in whom the building is completed, who must, in all things, have the pre-eminence. Christ's name is Wonderful; and the redemption he wrought out is the most amazing of all God's wondrous works. We will rejoice and be glad in the Lord's day; not only that such a day is appointed, but in the occasion of it, Christ's becoming the Head. Sabbath days ought to be rejoicing days, then they are to us as the days of heaven. Let this Saviour be my Saviour, my Ruler. Let my soul prosper and be in health, in that peace and righteousness which his government brings. Let me have victory over the lusts that war against my soul; and let Divine grace subdue my heart. The duty which the Lord has made, brings light with it, true light. The duty this privilege calls for, is here set forth; the sacrifices we are to offer to God in gratitude for redeeming love, are ourselves; not to be slain upon the altar, but living sacrifices, to be bound to the altar; spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise, in which our hearts must be engaged. The psalmist praises God, and calls upon all about him to give thanks to God for the glad tidings of great joy to all people, that there is a Redeemer, even Christ the Lord. In him the covenant of grace is made sure and everlasting.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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