Psalm_118

Scripture

Psalm 118:1-7

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:
   “His love endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron say:
   “His love endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the Lord say:
   “His love endures forever.”

Observation

The author of Psalm 118 is uncertain but one thing is certain, whoever wrote this psalm suffered great distress. But… the LORD saved them!

Psalm 118

5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
   he brought me into a spacious place.
6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
   What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
   I look in triumph on my enemies.

13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
   but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and my defense[a];
   he has become my salvation.

17 I will not die but live,
   and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
 

Understanding

Humility and Gratitude are once again the right response.

When I read this psalm I was taken back by the beauty of the gratitude expressed.

I was reminded of all the times I was “hard pressed” by the circumstances of life and felt like I couldn’t breathe.

He saved me.

I was reminded of when I have been “pushed back” to the edge by my own disobedience and right before the fall…

He saved me.

I was reminded of how I knew the “ Lord is with me” and I have nothing to fear because…

He saved me.

And I am filled with humility knowing I need a savior but my heart is overflowing with gratitude. The gratitude that comes from the revelation of His love. It has to be that by HIS LOVE FOR ME He saved me! His love for me is what finds me and brings me home. His love for me is why he never gives up on me and keeps working to transform me into the image of his son.

Application

Make a declaration for our city, our church, and our families. Insert your family name below and say out loud that His love endures forever! Take a moment and  express your gratitude in worship.  

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.

Let Santa Clarita say:
   “His love endures forever.”
Let Desert Streams Church say:
   “His love endures forever.”
Let the house of _____ say:
   “His love endures forever.”
Let all who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb say:

   “His love endures forever.”

Let those who fear the Lord say:
   “His love endures forever.”

Psalm 107:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.
 
Deborah Lee