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