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1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

9 It is better to trust in the LORD than 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 me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation 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 live, and declare the works of the LORD.

18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go 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 me, and art become my salvation.

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

23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto 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 give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

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.

Discussion for Psalms 118

  • BSP
    Verse 6~Knowing that Jehovah God is on our side gives us a great confidence. It inspires us and will enable us to triumph over any trials and persecutions.
  • Rick Mathis
    Did you know? This verse is found at the very center of the Bible. Literally, it is the one central verse in God s word to us! Psalm 118:8. Not coincidental.
  • Diana robertson
    God is good to me and I thank him
  • Benjamin Nimmo
    Psalms 118 defines the works of God. The Lord our creator, covers us eternally. There is nothing man can do for us or to us that can ever change our spirit. Taking refuge in man, has no merit. God can do all things except fail. For the Lord is Salvation, and abiding by him, we shall receive the graciousness of his glory.
  • Virginiamoore
    I am glad the Lord is fighting and blocking my enemy, and I'm praying that they find themself looking for his face.
  • Marilyn
    This is the day that the Lord has made. When I see God answering prayers, making ways, and giving me Favor, what a mighty
    God that I serve. I will live because Death and Life are in the power of the tongue. I speak Life each day.
    I also keep a relationship with God so that my Prayers will be answered. I am glad for Salvation and knowing God for myself.
    I read the Word of God daily,I speak Life.
  • Lisa Simonds
    In 2001 when i received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior He woke me up one morning and told me to look for the shortest scripture in the Psalms and below it the next chapter is for you which is psalms 118. I never use to read the bible so i just start looking from chapter one until i came to 117 a voice said "THAT IT," Every word in that psalms has proven to be true. God cannot lie
  • BSP
    We should use the wonderful gift of life that we have now to declare the amazing works of Jehovah God.

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