This is the Day the Lord Has Made (Psalm 118)

Date: 3/20/2016
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This is the Day the Lord Has Made (Psalm 118)

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Oh let Israel say, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD. 20 This is the gate of the LORD; The righteous will enter through it. 21 I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation. 22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone. 23 This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25 O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity! 26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. 27 The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You. 29 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalms 118:1–2, 19–29

Psalms 113-118 are called the “Hallel Psalms” and were sung during the three main festivals of Israel: Passover, Tabernacles, and the Feast of Weeks. Psalm 113 addresses raising the downtrodden; Psalms 114-115 address corporate praise; Psalm 116 addresses personal thanksgiving; Psalm 117 addresses calling the nations to praise; and Psalm 118 addresses a festal procession into the House of the Lord. It was almost certainly one of the Psalms sung at the Lord’s Supper (Mt. 26:30). Therefore, Psalm 118 is used in the Christian remembrance of Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday). It is alluded to in the Gospels is several passages: “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD” (Mt. 21:9) and the rejection of the Cornerstone ( (Mt. 21:42; Rom. 9:32f.; Eph. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:6ff.).

"Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead — by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11 “He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. 12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10–12

The beginning of the Psalm calls for giving thanks (yadah) because of God’s goodness. The restatement in the parallel is His covenant love (hesed) is everlasting. The Psalm then moves toward taking refuge in the Lord (v8). In our text (vv19-29), the festal entry is addressed. Open the gates to God’s House and the Righteous shall enter, since the Lord is salvation (vv19-21). The next verses (vv 22-23) are more difficult to understand in the time prior to Christ. The stone rejected was the Cornerstone and it is marvelous. As Isaiah prefigures this may have been a conflict within the leadership of Israel, as there were false leaders (and kings) of Israel throughout history (Is. 28:15-16). In the fullness of time, this reference is clearly applicable to Jesus. Christ’s rejection happened promptly after Christ’s entry, finally leading to His arrest, trial, suffering and death.

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more