-Theme: Confidence in the Cornerstone, Jesus Christ, for eternal love and life. God’s love is unchanging in the midst of changing circumstances. The security of the LORD in any situation.
-Historical Insight: This Psalm has an unknown author, but echoes many of the thoughts and themes of King David’s Psalms. It is Christological in essence, being quoted by the Savior during His first incarnation (Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17).
-*Application* First and really foremost in any situation we face, we must give thanks to the LORD for He is good (Psalm 118:1). His love is everlasting, and we can count on it no matter what happens in the course of this life (Psalm 118:2-4). When we call upon Him in our distress, He is sure to answer and set us in a large (merchab- wide-open, roomy, expansive, broad, freedom from distress) place (Psalm 118:5). What the Psalmist is talking about here is a full release from fear in tense times. His realization is that man can only do to him what God allows for His glory. The acceptance of this undeniable fact should be the same for us. Our refuge must be in the LORD; never trust in man and his limited power (Psalm 118:6-9). The LORD is our strength and our song, and He alone becomes our salvation (Psalm 118:14). His Right Hand “does valiantly” and is “exalted” ensuring life and a testimony to His people (Psalm 118:15-17). Though His discipline can be severe upon us in certain situations, He does not give us over to eternal death. He preserves His chosen people, and opens the gates of Heaven to us (Psalm 118:18-21). There are Christological implications in verses 22-23. Jesus referred to this prophecy when He spoke of being rejected by His own people during His sacrificial visit to earth (Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10-11, Luke 20:17). Christ is the most important part of the building in the Kingdom of God! We can rejoice in and be glad for this “day” of the Messiah (Psalm 118:24). This is a day of salvation for His people, but a day of judgment for those who have rejected Him (Isaiah 49:8, Romans 2:5, 2 Corinthians 6:2, 2 Peter 3:7, 1 John 4:17, Revelation 12:10). It is okay to pray for God’s prosperity and light to come (Psalm 118:25-27). Then, again in the final stanza, it comes back down to giving God thanks for His marvelous accomplishments and goodness (Psalm 118:28-29).
Verses to Memorize: Psalm 118:8, 14, 22-24