Today you should read: Psalm 118
Shortest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 117.
Longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119.
Sandwiched in the middle: Psalm 118.
And it’s almost dead center in the Bible (595 chapters before it, 593 chapters after it). You may have even seen cute anecdotes about it. Many people point to Psalm 118:8 as the verse that tells us the will of God, and for good reason:
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. Psalm 118:8 ESV
Psalm 118 is a beautiful piece of Hebrew poetry. Its focus is singular: thankful praise to God. From the start, the psalmist admonishes us to give thanks to God because He is good. Verses 2-4 tell us that His faithful love is everlasting. Verses 5-7 assures us that God hears our prayers when we call to Him. Verses 10-16 remind us of God’s strength and His deliverance in battle. Verses 17-18 allude to God’s goodness as seen through His discipline.
While you ponder all these awesome attributes of God, make sure not to miss verses 19-26. They were prophesy about the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. He is the Cornerstone that the builders rejected. He is the Blessed One who comes in the name of the Lord. He is our salvation. He is the Light that shines upon us.
Don’t you love how all of these verses tie together? In the opening verse, we are told that the Lord is good. His greatest act of goodness to us was sending His Son Jesus to earth for us. His provision for our sins on the cross and His defeat of death through the resurrection are the greatest acts of God’s goodness that we’ll ever know!
In light of this prophecy and the tone of thanksgiving and praise throughout this incredible psalm, let’s enter into a time of praise in our comments section below. Church, what are you praising the Lord for today? What do you have to be thankful for today?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor
4 thoughts on “June 21, 2018”
I am thankful for Jesus, my savior.
I am thankful for my wife, children, and daughter in law.
I am thankful for God’s Word.
I am thankful for CPC and our leaders who preach & teach truth.
I am thankful for our church family & dear friends who love and pray for us.
The list could go on and on.
Todd, thanks for the reminder of all the ways God has blessed us. I have so many reasons to praise the Lord today and every day!
I still do it from time to time, I pray this prayer: Thank you Lord for life and breath, eyes that can see the beauty of your creation that declares You are glorious. Praise the Lord on this day. Everyday. Thank you for jumpstart today!
God, thank you for giving me life that’s purposed for Your glory! Thank you for the family and friends you have surrounded me with, for they are great examples of Your loving grace. And lastly, thank You for saving me: a sinner.
“Oh what a gift You gave, oh what a price You paid. More Than I Deserve. More Than I Deserve.”
I am thankful to the Lord for saving me and for giving me God-fearing parents that love me and care for me. When I see so many broken families I realize how great God’s love is for me that He did not let me see anything like that in our family.