Praise God for His Mercy (Psalm 118)

Psalm 118:1–4 (NKJV)

1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
2 Let Israel now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the LORD now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

The psalmist begins his writing with an admonition to give thanks for God’s mercy.  He reaches out to generations past, present, and future calling them to this action.  He goes on to describe why this is reasonable.  When in distress, the Lord answered.  When oppressed, the Lord overcomes his enemies.  The Lord is to be trusted more than men, more than princes.  The Lord will destroy nations, quench the fire of thorns.  “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.” (v. 14)  The psalmist then pledges to obey the commandments of God, to walk in righteousness, and to praise the Lord.  The writer then writes the verses that are later quoted in the New Testament in reference to Jesus Christ:

Psalm 118:22–24 (NKJV)

22 The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This was the Lord’s doing;

It is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day the Lord has made;

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

He sums up his psalm with a prayer for salvation, prosperity, and an expression of praise.

This psalm demonstrates a pattern of life and speech.  In light of His mercy, power, and salvation, the psalmist commits to a life of obedience and praise.  How much more should we, who live in His blessings daily, offer a life of obedience and praise?  God’s mercy is worthy of our being willing to follow Him daily.

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