Psalm 118:19-29 A Thanksgiving Psalm By Anonymous
Psalm 118:19-29 Turning A Corner, Part 2
Psalm 118 is a thanksgiving psalm. It is the last of the six Hallel or praise psalms (113-118). McGee believes that because of that and Matt. 26:30 that this is the psalm Jesus and His disciples sung after the Last Supper. It’s possible.
Today we look at the second half of this psalm.
Psalmists keep pleading with God to answer them (v. 19). Don’t they believe that God will answer their prayers? I think it is to encourage themselves that God is listening.
Here, the psalmist is entering the Lord’s “gates” (vv. 19a, 20a) with thanksgiving (vv. 19b, 21a). Psalm 100 said we should begin our prayers with thanksgiving as we enter His gates (cf. Ps. 100:4; also see John 10:9, Christ is the gate; cf. John 14:6). We should remember that when we pray, we are entering the throne room of the King (cf. Heb. 4:16). God has saved those of us that have trusted Him so He is deserving of thanks (v. 21b)!
I have called this psalm “Turning The Corner” because of verse 22. I think it is the key verse of the entire psalm. Christ is the chief corner stone. The cornerstone was the first stone laid in a building and the entire building was keyed to it. Christ is the center of Christianity. If Christ did not die for our sins, we are men most to be pitied (cf. 1 Cor. 15:19).
Peter, Paul, and Jesus Himself quote this verse (Matt. 21:42; Mark 12:10-11; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-8). Christ is the stone that unbelievers stumble over (cf. Rom. 9:32-33; 1 Pet. 2:8; Isa. 8:14). If you don’t believe that Christ rose from the dead, you are not a Christian. That is the cornerstone of all our beliefs and doctrine. A person who trusts Christ turns the corner in his life and moves toward God. If that person doesn’t turn, he will fall headlong. And it is a very long fall.
It is the Lord who saves us through the corner stone (v. 23). He seeks the sheep (cf. Isa. 53:6; Luke 15:1-5). When we realize that, we are amazed (v. 23b).
We sing a song based on verse 24. Do you believe that the Lord has made this day for you to rejoice and be glad? Try this. Do something today that you really enjoy. But actually, really enjoy it. You are fulfilling Philippians 4:4 and Nehemiah 8:10.
It might not look like it but verse 25 was quoted at the Lord’s Triumphal Entry on the colt (cf. Matt. 21:9). “Hosannah” literally means, “save now” or “save us”!
Jesus quoted verse 26 when He was doing His spring cleaning at the Temple. In Luke 13:35, Jesus says “Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time cones when you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’” In AD 70 the Temple was destroyed by the Romans. The nation of Israel will not see Jesus again until He comes again and then they will say, “Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord”! (Sandi Patty sang a great song with that name.)
Verse 27 is a reference to Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is as if He was bound to the horns, like literal animal horns, near the altar. They were projections at the four corners of the altar and were made out of acacia wood and covered with bronze (Exod. 27:1-2).
What could be more appropriate for a thanksgiving psalm than to end with thanksgiving (v. 28)? Well, I guess you could mention hesed (v. 29). And that He is good (v. 29a, cf. James 1:17; Ps. 136:1; Jer. 33:11).
And when you believe God is good, you have turned a corner in life.
Proverbs 15:27-28 Solicited And Unsolicited Junk
Our neighborhood has signs that say that solicitors are not welcome. They come anyway. If someone solicits a bribe, that person should be unwelcome in your house (v. 27). If not, your whole family could be ruined.
A person who really wants to be upright in the eyes of God will think before he says anything to anybody (v. 28a). He will wait and see if the Lord has anything to tell him in prayer before he does or says anything (cf. Ps. 27:14).
A disreputable person just pours out whatever rotten thing is inside of him (v. 28b).