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Psalms 118:6 Hebrews 13:6
Psalms 118:22-23 Mat. 21:42, Mk. 12:10-11, Lk. 20:17, Acts 4:11, Eph.2:20, 1Pet. 2:7
Psalms 118:26 Matt.21:9, 23:39, Mk.11:9, Lk.13:35; 19:38, Jn.12:13
The rabbis are divided about this Psalm. Some say it is of David; others say it is of the MESSIAH . . . but with Christians, there should be no doubt that is of the MESSIAH, since our Lord JESUS quoted a Passage out of it, and applied it to Himself.
Psalm 118 celebrates GOD for His Eternal Grace. Psalm 118 is a Psalm about grace and a Psalm about GOD’S direct dealings with mankind in this life. Psalm 118 is one of the many Psalms without an inscription. This wonderful Psalm is the last of the Hallel psalms; for this reason we know it was the Psalm which our LORD sang with His disciples the night before His death.
We know from the Old Testament that a lamb was to be eaten at the Passover feast. But in the Gospel record, nothing about the lamb is said. WHY?? Because the LAMB was serving them. He was on the way to the cross as the Lamb of GOD to die . . . the bread and juice were to speak of Him until He comes again.
Psalm 118 is what they sang together on that fatal night. The Gospels tell us, When they had sung an hymn, they went out... (Mat.26:30). It was Psalm 118, which should make this Psalm very important to us.
Of the authorship of this Psalm, and the occasion on which it was composed, nothing can be determined with certainty. Many think that it is a Psalm of David, composed when his troubles with Saul ceased, and when he was recognized as king. Some say that this was a Psalm designed to be used in the Temple prior to a sacrifice, based upon v. 27. It may have been adapted and used for that purpose; and possibly not. One verse alone does not determine the final use of a Psalm.
Theme: The hymn JESUS sang with His disciples before His death.
It is Wise to Trust in the LORD (118:1-18)
The account the psalmist gives here of his troubles can very easily apply to CHRIST: for many hated Him without a cause. GOD Himself chastened CHRIST sorely, bruised Him, and put Him to much grief . . . that by His stripes we might be healed (Isa.53:5; 1 Pet.2:24). GOD is oft times the strength of His people, when He is not their song; for they have spiritual supports, even though they want spiritual delights. Whether the believer traces back his comfort to the everlasting goodness and mercy of GOD, or whether he looks forward to the blessing secured to him, he will find abundant cause for joy and praise. Every answer to our prayers is an proof that the LORD is on our side; and then we need not fear what man can do unto us (Ps.27:1-3; 46:1, 11; 56:4, 8,11; 118:6; 146:5; Isa.51;12; Jer.20:11; Mic.7:8-10; Rom.8:31; Heb.13:6). We should diligently do our duty to all, and trust in Him alone to accept and bless us. We are wise if we declare the works and words of GOD, and to encourage others to serve Him and trust Him, because the victories of the SON of GOD, in the assurance that the good pleasure of the LORD should prosper in His Hand.
Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
O give thanks unto the LORD . . . O give thanks, all kinds of people, which is especially stated in the first three verses, as they are also mentioned in like manner and order (Ps.115:9-11). We all should always give thanks in the Name of CHRIST for all His mercies, temporal and spiritual, when we receive them, for we all partake of them. Being grateful and thanking Him should always be done, and for all things, for it is the right thing to do. Every time that a favor is shown to us, is an occasion to give thanks to Him and praise Him, for it is an example of the goodness of GOD.
For he is good . . . the LORD is our Fountain of all goodness, and the Author of all good things. We are fools if we do not thank Him!
Because his mercy endureth for ever . . . GOD’S covenant, His grace and His lovingkindness is clearly displayed in CHRIST, along with all His blessings and Promises . . . these always remain, even though His people are not worthy. The goodness and mercy of GOD were abundantly seen in His giving CHRIST (Jn.3:16), to be the SAVIOUR of His people.
Psalm 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
Psalm 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV) . . . Take time to read all Psalm 136! You will be blessed!
Psalm 136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
Psalm 118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever . . . all Israel, all the tribes and people of Israel, except the Levites. Let all who have experienced His mercy, acknowledge and declare it to others . . . not only believe in it with their hearts, and privately give thanks for it, but with the mouth confess it to the glory of GOD; not only literal Israel, whom the LORD brought out of Egypt, led and fed in the wilderness and settled in the land of Canaan; and to whom the Law and the services of GOD, the Covenants and Promises, Word and ordinances were given; and who now were so happy under the government of such a king as David; but also the spiritual Israel of GOD, the whole Israel of GOD, Jews and Gentiles, under the Gospel dispensation (Gal3:6-11, 26-29); the Israel whom GOD has chosen, CHRIST has redeemed, and the SPIRIT effectually calls and sanctifies (Eph.1:13-14); such who are Israelites indeed, who have been encouraged to hope in the LORD, and in His mercy, and are made partakers of it . . . dear one, these should boldly and willingly speak of the grace and mercy of GOD, to encourage others. Psalm 115:9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. (KJV)
Psalm 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
Let the house of Aaron now say . . . (Ps.115:10), the house of Aaron is the ministers of religion. They are appointed to serve GOD; to lead in His worship; to defend His truth; to bolster faith in true religion. The priests and Levites were greatly discouraged and oppressed in Saul’s time, and shall receive great benefits by the LORD’S government. Since CHRIST’S work on the cross, the priesthood of Aaron is changed, and the law of it revoked, and all believers are now priests unto GOD (1 Pet.2:5, 9), and can offer up spiritual sacrifices to Him; and especially the sacrifice of praise for His grace and mercy, the permanence of which they should publish and proclaim all abroad. Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (KJV)
Psalm 118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever . . . (Ps.115:11), not just the proselytes to the Jewish religion, but ALL that feared the LORD among ALL people, such as fear the LORD and His goodness, and have experienced His grace and mercy, which has caused them to fear (reverence) Him; and to whom the mercy of GOD is great, and on whom it is from everlasting to everlasting; and therefore should speak well of it, and set their seal to it, that it abides for ever (Ps.103:11). We should willingly and wisely unite with the author of the Psalm in praise and thanksgiving, because great truths of Almighty GOD have been illustrated here and in many other places of Scripture, which should be of great importance to them and us.
Psalm 118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. (KJV)
I called upon the Lord in distress . . . because of distress, in the His trouble He called upon the LORD, and His Voice was heard (Ps.18:6). I believe this refers to the MESSIAH, and means His many sufferings: in the garden, when surrounded with sorrow, and being in an agony prayed the more earnestly, and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood (Lk.22:44); His being rejected by His own people (Jn.1:11); His being condemned to death on the cross by His own people (Jn.19:6, 15); and His suffering on the cross for us (Mat.27:46; Mk,15:34; Jn.19:28-30).
The Lord answered me, and set me in a large place . . . when GOD delivered Him from all His troubles, He placed Him on the throne of Israel, and gave Him rest from all His enemies (Ps.31:8), and when He raised Him from the dead, received Him to Heaven, where He now sits at the right Hand of GOD. This is a place large enough for the innumerable company of angels, and for all the saints, for whom everlasting habitations and mansions are being prepared by Him (Jn.14:2-3); and which is the glorious liberty of the children of GOD (Ps.18:19-22) . . . and these too, when calling on the LORD in distress, are heard and answered, and brought into large places, where they walk at liberty.
Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (KJV)
The LORD is on my side . . . He is my Helper, defending my cause. GOD was on the side of CHRIST, making possible all His prosperity and victories, the wonderful things done by Him, His exaltation to the right Hand of GOD, and the establishment of it. His FATHER was on the side of CHRIST, very near to Him, to guide, direct and assist Him as Man. GOD is also on the side of His people, to fight their battles for them, to support them under all their afflictions, to supply all their needs, to deliver them from all evil, to carry on the work of grace in their souls, and to bring them to glory.
I will not fear: what can man do unto me? . . . the MESSIAH was not afraid of Herod when he was told he would kill Him; nor was He afraid of the high priests, Scribes and Pharisees, even though He knew He would fall into their hands, and they would deliver Him to the Romans to be scourged and crucified; nor was JESUS afraid of Judas and his band of men, who came to take Him (Lk.22:39-40; Jn.18:1-2); nor was He afraid of Pilate His judge, who had no power against Him except what was given him . . . nor should the saints have reason to fear what man can do unto them, when GOD’S grace is exercised within them (Rom.8:9); for what is man to GOD but flesh, and that flesh as grass? (Isa.40:6: 1 Pet.1:24). Psalm 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. (KJV)
Psalm 118:7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. (KJV)
The LORD taketh my part with them that help me . . . (Ps.54:4), and with those who ministered unto CHRIST as Man (Lk.8:3). Or, the LORD is my Helper, He is in the place of other helpers . . . and having Him, there is no need of any other! The LORD was the only Helper of His SON, He is the only Helper of His people, for useless is the help of man. Only GOD helps them out of all their troubles and difficulties, exercising every grace. He helps them discharge every duty; He helps them in all their mercies temporal and spiritual . . . to grace here, and glory in the hereafter.
Therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me . . . (Ps.54:7) I shall look upon them according to my wish; I shall see them overthrown and subdued. This shall be certain of the MESSIAH, when all His enemies and His peoples’ enemies, will be slain before Him.
Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (KJV)
It is better to trust in the LORD . . . those who trust in the LORD enjoy peace, for they shall not want any good thing, nor ever be ashamed and confounded. The Targum is, it is better to trust in the Word of the Lord.
Than to put confidence in man . . . putting confidence in man is like trusting a blind man to lead you. Only the LORD is able to help, and He is always willing; He is faithful to His Word, and He is unchangeable in His Promises . . . while man, although he may be willing to help, many times does not have it in his power; and when it is in his power . . . so often promises, but then breaks his word . . . he disappoints, changing his mind or is unfaithful. Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (KJV)
*****It is better to trust in the LORD:
(1). Because man is weak . . . but GOD has Almighty power.
(2). Because man is selfish . . . but GOD is kind and generous.
(3). Because man is so often faithless and deceitful . . . but GOD is faithful and trustworthy always.
(4). Because there are emergencies such as death, in which man cannot help us, no matter how faithful, kind and friendly he may be . . . but there is NO circumstance in this life, and none in death, where GOD is not able to assist us.
(5). Because the ability of man to help us pertains only to this present life . . . but the power of GOD will be equal with life in eternity.
Psalm 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. (KJV)
It is better to trust in the Lord . . . this is repeated for the sake of what follows:
Than to put confidence in princes . . . princes have greater ability to help, and whose honor should make them keep their word . . . yet it is better to trust in the LORD than in them (Ps.146:3).
Princes are only men; often as faithless and deceitful as other men; and SO often less honest and reliable than those in more humble life . . . and in the great matters where we need the most help . . . in sickness, danger, in death and in the eternal world . . . they are absolutely powerless just as men in the lowest condition of poverty, or those in the most humble rank.
*****Seven Better Things in Psalms:
#1. A little with righteousness is better than the riches of many wicked (Ps.37:16).
#2. GOD'S lovingkindness is better than life itself (Ps.63:3).
#3. Praise is better than sacrifices (Ps.69:31).
#4. One day in GOD'S House is better than a thousand other days (Ps.84:10).
#5. Trust in GOD is better than confidence in man (Ps.118:8).
#6. Trust in GOD is better than confidence in princes (Ps.118:9).
#7. Truth is better than gold and silver (Ps.119:72).
See 12 better things in Hebrews, in Special Comments at the end of this chapter.
Psalm 118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. (KJV)
All nations compassed me about . . . they surrounded me, hemmed me in on every side, so that there seemed to be no chance of escape. This applied to CHRIST, means Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel; all those who were gathered together against Him, to do what GOD had determined should be done (Ps.22:12; Mat.27:1; Acts 4:27). This is at times the case of the church and people of GOD: at the first setting up of the interest of CHRIST, the whole world was against it; and in such circumstances will be the Gospel church, when the whole world wondered after the beast, the Roman Antichrist (Rev.13); as it will be when the kings of the earth (Rev.19:19) and of the whole world will be gathered to the battle at Armageddon; and also when the Gog and Magog army shall compass the camp of the saints and the beloved city (Rev.20:8). Gog and Magog are symbolic of GOD’S enemies.
But in the name of the LORD will I destroy them . . . cut them off. Thus our Lord CHRIST JESUS, as MEDIATOR stood in the strength and in the majesty of the Name of the LORD, calling upon Him to glorify Him; and, trusting in His help and power, He attacked all His enemies and ours, obtaining a total victory over them, to the utter destruction of them: sin, Satan, the world, death and Hell. This may have a special regard to the Jews, who were the relentless enemies of CHRIST; and who were destroyed by Him, when wrath came upon them to the uttermost, which was predicted by JESUS on Jerusalem (Mat.24:1-2).
*****All nations compassed me about . . . this also applies to believers in CHRIST, who are attacked by Satan, the god of this world (2 Cor.4:4) and who are hated and persecuted by the men of it in general; and who are beset on all sides at times, with the temptations of the devil, and the corruptions of their own hearts, and the snares of the world; that it seems as if all nations compassed them about.
Psalm 118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. (KJV)
They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about . . . this is repeated not only to confirm it, but to show the frequency and fury of their attacks, and their stubborn persisting, as if to give force to what He had said. This is more than just a passing remark. His mind was full, and the language comes from an overflowing heart.
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them . . . this also is repeated to show the strength of His faith, and the continuation of it, aside from His numerous enemies, and their violent efforts against Him.
Psalm 118:12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them. (KJV)
They compassed me about like bees . . . they were as thick as a swarm of bees and their weapons might be compared to the stings of bees. When bees are provoked or disturbed, the whole swarm attack and pursue whatever bothers them, with great courage and fury, they can be a most difficult enemy. All which means the number of the enemies of CHRIST and their rage, and what they plan and try to put in execution are vain things, and in the end shall be their own ruin and destruction.
They are quenched as the fire of thorns . . . thorns in a fire make a bright blaze and noise for a while, but are soon consumed, and leave only a few ashes behind. Wicked men are often compared to thorns (2 Sam.23:6-7; Isa.9:18; 27:4; Eze.2:6; Mic.7:4; Nah.1:10), they being like them, unfruitful, unprofitable to others, harmful to the saints, and whose end is to be burnt; and whose destruction is certain and sudden, and easily effected as the burning of thorns (Ps.58:9; Ecc.7:6), which is easily kindled and soon quenched.
In the name of the Lord I will destroy them . . . see (118:1-11).
Psalm 118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me. (KJV)
Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall . . . thou hast pushed Me that I might fall. Such a one was Judas to CHRIST, who lifted up his heel against Him (Ps.41:9; Jn.13:18) and betrayed Him into the hands of His enemies . . . or the devil who thrust sore at CHRIST by others: by Herod in His infancy, who sought to take away His life (Mat.2:12-15); and by the Scribes, Pharisees and chief priests who attempted it in different ways (Mat.12:14; 21:45-46; Lk.20:20; Jn.7:32, 44-45; 11:47, 53; 18:1-3), and finally got Him nailed to the cross (Jn.11:57; 18:3; 19:6, 15). Satan also thrust sore at Him, by His temptations in the wilderness (Mat.4:11; Mk.1:13), and in His agonies in the garden (Mat.26:36; Mk.14:32), and when He was on the cross when the spectators tormented Him (Mat.27:42; Mk.15:30). So, too the same enemy thrusts sore at the members of CHRIST, to cause them to fall away from Him (Lk.8:13), and trying to get their faith in Him to fail. Satan’s greatest desire is that they may fall into temptation, then into sin, and finally into Hell itself. He certainly tries . . . BEWARE!!!~
But the LORD helped me . . . helped CHRIST, as Man and MEDIATOR, in the day of salvation, and raised Him from the dead, giving Him glory: where He helps His people against all their enemies; helps them to fight against wrongs, maintains His work of grace in them, and keeps them from a total and final falling away, by His power unto salvation.
Psalm 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. (KJV)
The LORD is my strength and song . . . GOD the FATHER is the source of strength to His SON, and He is the subject of JESUS’ praise. The LORD is the Author and Giver of strength, natural and spiritual; GOD is the strength of the hearts and lives of His people and of their salvation.
And is become my salvation . . . GOD is the Author of temporal, spiritual and eternal salvation.
GOD saved CHRIST, preserved Him by resurrecting Him for our sakes . . . so too we shall be saved in Heaven solely because GOD saved CHRIST, so that CHRIST could save us. Dear one, GOD is our strength and our song and our salvation. Do we really thank and praise Him as we should? I know that I fall short.
Psalm 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. (KJV)
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous . . . there is much reason for joy, in the dwelling places of the saints, even though they may only have small cottages, because of the spiritual and eternal salvation CHRIST. He is the Author of which joy is felt deep down in the heart, and outwardly stated by one believer to another; and in their prayers to Almighty GOD, and in singing praises to Him; which should be done in the houses of the saints, as well as in the house of GOD.
Saying, the right hand of the LORD doth valiantly . . . acts powerfully in supporting the MESSIAH, as Man (Jn.1:14) and MEDIATOR, in His work and under His sufferings; in raising Him from the dead, and exalting Him to His right Hand (Acts 2:33). Some refer the joy here expressed to future times, the times of the MESSIAH in the latter days. The right hand of the LORD is mentioned three times in Psalm 118:15-16, and is interpreted of the MESSIAH.
Psalm 118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. (KJV)
The right hand of the LORD is exalted . . . lifted up, very prominent and visible, easy to be seen and great and glorious in power (Ex.15:6). The power of GOD is superior to all enemies; and is beyond anything that we could ever imagine and explain. The power of GOD is well able to do for His people, far above all they are able to ask or think.
The right hand of the LORD doth valiantly . . . acts powerfully. This is repeated to confirm it, and to show how much the righteous were affected by it, and how they desired to praise it. The right Hand of the LORD being three times mentioned, may refer to the three divine Persons in the GODHEAD, whose right Hand or power is the same. As the right hand of the FATHER has done powerfully in the instances given, so too the right Hand of the SON has worked mightily in crushing all enemies, sin, Satan, death and the world; in obtaining the salvation of His people, and in raising Himself from the dead: and so the right hand of the HOLY SPIRIT has performed powerfully on CHRIST, on whom He rested as the SPIRIT of might (Isa.11:2), and through whom CHRIST offered Himself to GOD, and by Whom He was raised from the dead; and also in the conversion of sinners, in helping, assisting, strengthening, and protecting the saints. GOD'S right Hand symbolizes His power (Ex.15:6; Ps.17:7; 20:6; 44:3; 60:5; 74:11; 77:10; 89:8-13; 98:1; 118:15-16). GODHEAD; TRIUNE GOD; TRINITY: (Mat.28:19; Jn.14:26; 15:26; 2 Cor.13:14; 1 Pet.1:2; 1 Jn.5:7). All three PERSONS of the GODHEAD take part in our salvation (Eph.1:2-7, 13-14).
Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. (KJV)
I shall not die, but live . . . not that the psalmist would not die, he knew that he would. But these words may be considered as the words of CHRIST; who although He came into the world to die, and did die for the sins of His people . . . He knew He would not die before His time, nor would He stay under the power of death (Ps.16:10); but would live again, and live for evermore. Death would have no more dominion over Him.
And declare the works of the LORD . . . the MESSIAH declared the Name of GOD, His nature, His perfections, His mind, His will and His Word and Works, among His brethren in the great congregation (Ps.22:22). The SON declared what the LORD has done.
Psalm 118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. (KJV)
The LORD hath chastened me sore . . . (118:17), the chastisement of the MESSIAH was a proper punishment for sin . . . OUR sin, NOT His sin! And it was a sore chastisement indeed; CHRIST being the security of His people, on whom the chastisement of their peace was laid; that is, He paid the penalty of their (and our) sin (Isa.53:5).
But he hath not given me over unto death . . . CHRIST as Man had passed through great danger; He had many times been sorely afflicted; but He had been rescued and spared, and He eagerly expressed His praise to GOD His FATHER for His recovery.
The Coming of CHRIST in His Kingdom (118:19-29)
Those who saw CHRIST'S day at so great a distance, saw reason to praise GOD. The prophecy (118:22-23), refer to CHRIST. It refers to: (1). His humiliation; He is the STONE which the builders refused. They would continue their building without Him, but this proved the ruin of those who thus made light of Him. Rejecters of CHRIST are rejected by GOD the FATHER. (2). His exaltation; He is the chief CORNERSTONE in the foundation. He is the main STONE, in whom the building is completed, and Who must, in all things, have pre-eminence. CHRIST'S Name is Wonderful (Isa.9:6), and the redemption He performed is the most amazing of all GOD'S wondrous works. We will rejoice and be glad in the LORD’S Day. Not only is such a day appointed, but when it comes, CHRIST shall become the HEAD.
The one and only CHRIST JESUS shall be SAVIOUR and KING of ALL people! He shall rule in the peace and righteousness which His government brings. People shall have victory over the lusts that war against their soul, for the grace of GOD shall calm their hearts. The duty which the LORD has made shall bring true light with it. The duty this privilege calls for is the sacrifices we are to offer to GOD (Heb.13:15), in gratitude for His redeeming love, spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise, in which our hearts must be engaged. There is a REDEEMER, and that is CHRIST the LORD. Only in CHRIST JESUS is the covenant of grace (Heb.10:29) made sure and everlasting, and only in Him shall we ever know TRUE peace! Have you thanked Him for all He has done? If not, why not?
Psalm 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: (KJV)
Open to me the gates of righteousness . . . the doors of the Sanctuary or Tabernacle, so called, because no one but righteous persons shall enter in at them, those who were ceremonially clean because sacrifices of righteousness were here offered. These may be the words of MESSIAH, requiring the gates of Heaven to be opened to Him, He having obtained redemption for His people (Ps.24:7-10).
I will go in to them, and I will praise the LORD . . . in the gates and praise the LORD for His deliverance and salvation, and for the many favors and honors bestowed on Him; and in the Gospel church do the saints praise Him, as they will do in Heaven for all eternity; and where the Man, JESUS praises His FATHER (Ps.22:22).
Psalm 118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. (KJV)
This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter . . . this gate dedicated to the service of the LORD; that belongs to the house of the LORD. Some think this is not the gate of the house of the sanctuary of the LORD, but the MESSIAH Himself, afterwards spoken of as the Stone rejected by the builders, and made the head of the corner; who is the only Way of access to GOD (Jn.14:6); the door into the church or sheepfold (Jn.10:9); the strait gate that leads to eternal life (Mat.7:14); by which none but righteous persons enter into Heaven . . . these being those who are made righteous, through the righteousness of CHRIST (1 Cor.1:30).
Into which the righteous shall enter . . . only through CHRIST can the righteous pass into Heaven where the FATHER is (Jn.14:6). It is for ALL persons who come with a reason to serve and worship GOD should be permitted to pass through.
*****This is the gate of the LORD, the gate of GOD’S appointing, into which the righteous shall enter. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Mat.7:7). Those who knocked on the Door, it is opened, and they are welcome. Some by this gate understand it to be CHRIST, by whom we are taken into fellowship with GOD the FATHER and our praises are accepted. CHRIST is the WAY, the only WAY to Heaven . . . there is NO coming to the Father but by Him.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV)
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; (KJV)
1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)
Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV) . . . Is YOUR name in the Book of Life? If not, it could be!
Psalm 118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. (KJV)
I will praise thee, for thou hast heard me . . . whether an actual or symbolic entrance into GOD'S House is meant, solemn praise is implied, in which only the righteous would or could take part.
And art become my salvation . . . GOD is My salvation, the Author of it, and therefore deserves our praise; and He is none other than the MESSIAH, JESUS, who is described in the next verse.
Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. (KJV)
The stone which the builders refused . . . (Mat.21:42-43; Mk.12:10-11; Lk.20:17-18; Acts 4:11; Rom.9:33; Eph.2:20; 1 Pet. 2:4-8). The stone is the SON of GOD, meaning the one and only TRUE MESSIAH . . . the builders were the chief priests, Scribes and elders, the same as the husbandmen, whose rejection of the STONE (the MESSIAH), is meant by their seizing Him, casting Him out of the vineyard, and killing Him. According to the Scriptures, JESUS was to be, and now is the HEAD of the corner, exalted high above angels and men, and is now at the right Hand of GOD. Right Hand of GOD: (Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69; Acts 2:33; 7:55-56; Rom.8:34; Col.3:1; Heb.10:12; 12:2; 1 Pet.3:22)
Is become the head stone of the corner . . . CHRIST is the CORNER STONE, that unites elect angels and elect men together, Jews and Gentiles. CHRIST is exalted above all; He is the HEAD of the angels, principalities and powers (Eph.6:12; Col.2:15), He is made higher than the kings of the Earth; and is the HEAD of the body, the church, a HEAD both of eminence and influence.
*****The head stone of the corner is the chief stone in the whole building, by which the different parts of the building are upheld and firmly united and kept together. CHRIST united Jews and Gentiles together (Eph.2:14). David, having the prophetic SPIRIT, foresaw the Coming of CHRIST, and saw the sad, wretched treatment JESUS received from the Jews, of which he speaks very clearly in Psalm 22 and elsewhere. Psalm 118:22 is justly explained of CHRIST in many places in the New Testament (Mat.21:42-43; Mk.12:10-11; Lk.20:17-18; Acts 4:11; Rom.9:33; Eph.2:20; 1 Pet. 2:4-8), and in Isaiah 28:16.
*****Twelve Mentions of the MESSIAH as as STONE:
#1. The STONE of Israel (Gen.49:24)
#2. The STONE of stumbling (Isa.8:14; Rom.9:33; 1 Pet.2:8)
#3. The foundation STONE (Isa.28:16; Mat.16:18; 1 Cor.3:11; Eph.2:20)
#4. A tried STONE (Isa.28:16)
#5. A precious CORNERSTONE (Isa.28:16; 1 Pet.2:4, 6-7)
#6. A sure STONE (Isa.28:16)
#7. A rejected STONE (Mat.21:42; Mk.12:10-11; Lk.20:17; Acts 4:11)
#8. A living STONE (1 Pet.2:4)
#9. A chosen STONE (1 Pet.2:4)
#10. A chief CORNERSTONE (1 Pet.2:6)
#11. An elect (chosen) STONE (1 Pet.2:6)
#12. The head stone (Ps.118:22; 1 Pet.2:6-7)
Psalm 118:23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (KJV)
This is the LORD'S doing . . . this STONE is from the LORD (Gen.49:24); and of His choosing, appointing, and laying . . . the rejection of it by the builders is through His permission and will, for they could do nothing than what His Hand and counsel determined should be done (Acts 2:23). The making of CHRIST as the HEAD of the corner, was of GOD . . . He highly exalted His SON, JESUS at His right Hand, above every name, creature, and thing!
It is marvellous in our eyes . . . the STONE is wonderful to look at, for its beauty, strength, and usefulness . . . and the wisdom, love, care and power of GOD in laying it, is amazing. The unique grace of GOD in selecting some stones out of the common quarry, then making them lively stones (1 Pet.2:5), and building them on this FOUNDATION STONE, is more than wonderful. Have you thanked the LORD today for all He has done on our behalf?
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (KJV)
This is the day which the LORD hath made . . . made, created or exalted and glorified, as this word is used in (1 Sam.12:6), or sanctified by His glorious Presence and Work, and by His appointment, as a time or season never to be forgotten, but to be observed with much thankfulness and rejoicing. This day may mean the day of CHRIST'S entrance into Jerusalem, in order to be delivered up to the Jews (Mat.16:21), and suffer and die in the place of His people; to which the following words agree: or it could be the day of His resurrection from the dead (Mat.28:6-7; Mk.16:6; Lk.24:6); when GOD gave Him glory, and was a matter of joy to those for whose justification He rose, or it could mean the LORD'S Day, kept in memorial of it: or maybe it means the whole Gospel dispensation, made a bright day by the Sun of righteousness (Mal.4:2), and which is the now present day of salvation.
We will rejoice and be glad in it . . . because of the abundant blessings of grace, peace, pardon, righteousness and salvation, which came through the humiliation and exaltation of CHRIST, and is published in the everlasting Gospel of JESUS CHRIST. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. (KJV)
Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD . . . I beseech thee; or, we beseech thee; for the Hebrew words may be rendered either way. These seem to be the words of the people, using these joyful acclamations or prayers to GOD for the preservation of their KING and Kingdom, but it could also be interpreted of and applied to CHRIST, even by the Jews themselves (Ps.72:17-19; Mat. 21:9-11; Mk.11:8-10; Lk.19:35-38; Jn.12:13). The word hosanna means the same as save now.
O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity . . . to our KING: give Him success in all He undertakes, and victory over all His enemies; may the pleasure of the LORD prosper in His Hands; may His Gospel be glorified, and be spread over all the world, and multitudes bow to the scepter of His Kingdom. May His Kingdom be enlarged, and His reign be from sea to sea; and be brought to perfection, of which He is the Foundation and CHIEF CORNER STONE.
This was omitted in the acclamations of the multitude that attended the SAVIOUR (Mat.21:9); but it is a very appropriate prayer to be used in connection with CHRIST’S Coming, because His Coming . . . whether to the world, to an individual, to a church, or to a community, brings the upmost kind of prosperity with it.
Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. (KJV)
Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD . . . these words were used by the multitude that followed JESUS, as He went into Jerusalem, to eat His last Passover, and suffer and die for His people. This is also applied to Him by His disciples. Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the LORD: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. (KJV)
We have blessed you out of the house of the LORD . . . these are the words of the priests, one part of whose office it was to bless the people (Num.6:23); but these were not the chief priests of the Jews in CHRIST'S time; for they were not pleased with the multitude, and with the children in the temple, for crying hosanna to the son of David (Mat.21:15). The disciples of CHRIST, or ministers of the Gospel, blessed the people that blessed their LORD and MASTER; wishing them well and praying for those that wished well to CHRIST.
*****The KING and MESSIAH (Jer.10:10), who came from Heaven to Earth, from His beloved FATHER into this world, to save sinners; who now came to Jerusalem, to perform that errand, and into the Temple, as the Proprietor of it; where He showed His power, and exercised His authority. CHRIST came not in His own Name, but in His FATHER'S Name (Jn.5:43); and not to do His own will, but His FATHER’S will. He did not seek His own glory, but His FATHER'S glory. He came as His FATHER’S Servant, to do His work; He came with a command from His FATHER, by His order, and He lovingly and willingly obeyed His commands. He came as Man and MEDIATOR, was helped and assisted by His FATHER; and as such He is pronounced blessed: all blessing, happiness and honor are prayed for Him, and ascribed to Him, as His just due; being LORD and KING, SAVIOUR and REDEEMER of His beloved people.
Psalm 118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. (KJV)
God is the LORD, which hath showed us light . . . these are the words people acknowledging GOD’S favors; above all that the LORD had caused His Face to shine upon them (Num. 6:24-6). The LORD might be said to show them light, by sending the MESSIAH to them, Who came a LIGHT into the world (Jn.1:4-9); by causing the light of his glorious Gospel (2 Cor.4:4) to shine into their hearts; by making the darkness of ignorance and unbelief to pass away, and the true light to shine; by lifting up the light of his countenance (Pro.16:15) upon them, and giving them hope of the light of glory and happiness, and making them fit to be partakers of the inheritance with the saints in light; for all which they are thankful, and call for sacrifices of praise (Heb.13:15). Christ Jesus, as Light of the World: (Num24:17; Isa.9:2; 30:26; 42:6; 49:6; Mal.4:2; Mat.4:16, 17:2; Lk.1:79; 2:32; Jn.1:4, 9; 3:19; 8:12; 9:5; 12:35, 46; Acts 22:6; 26:23; 2 Cor.3:14; 4;6; Eph.5:14; 1 Jn.1:5; 2:8; Rev.1:16; 21:23; 22:16).
Bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar . . . we are not to think of slain beasts, but of holy and living sacrifices (Ps.69:30-31; Hos.14:2; Rom.12:1; Heb.10:22; 13:15-16; 1 Pet.2:5), meaning GOD'S people, their bodies and souls, and their sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. To be united in the fear the LORD (reverence) and firm faith in Him; being drawn to Him with the bands of love (Hos.11:4), which are more important than all burnt offerings; and which sacrifices are to be brought to the Altar, CHRIST.
*****I think this Passage should be here. Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. (KJV)
Psalm 118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. (KJV)
Thou art my God, and I will praise thee . . . this seems to be the words of the author of the Psalm . . . his solemn declaration before the Sanctuary and the Altar. He recognizes Him as the TRUE GOD, and claims Him as His GOD. He comes to honor and praise Him; and he declares that he shall always exalt, honor and praise Him as his GOD. IF we are wise, we will do the same.
Thou art my God, one will exalt thee . . . this repeats the solemn declaration that Jehovah (Ex.6:3; Ps.83:18; Isa.12:2; 26:4) alone was the GOD whom he worshipped, and that he was determined to always magnify His Holy Name. Again, IF we are wise, we will do the same.
Psalm 118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (KJV)
O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good . . . the Psalm ends as it began, with advice to praise GOD. In the beginning of the Psalm, it was a general urging; here it is an urging based on the course of thought in the Psalm, and it is a proper closing from what has been referred to in the Psalm. Proof had been given that the LORD was good; and on that ground, all people are encouraged to give thanks to Him. Many instances of the divine goodness, in hearing and delivering the MESSIAH when in distress; saving Him from His enemies, when compassed about with them; sparing His life, when in great danger; and especially in making the STONE rejected by the builders the HEAD of the corner.
For his mercy endureth for ever . . . The Name of CHRIST is Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isa.9:6); and the redemption He worked out for us is the most amazing of all GOD'S wondrous works. We will rejoice and be glad in the LORD'S Day (Ps.40:16; 70:4; Isa.25:9), not only because such a day is appointed, but because CHRIST JESUS shall become the Head of this magnificent Kingdom (Ps.110:1-3; Isa.2:1-4; 11:6-9; 52:10; 65:17-25; Eze.38:1-4; 39:2-5; Zec.3:10; 14:9, 16-21; Rev.19:11-21; Rev.Ch.20). We all need to praise GOD, and give thanks to Him for the glad tidings of great joy to all people, and that there is a REDEEMER, CHRIST the LORD, and in Him the covenant of grace is made sure and never-ending.
*****O give thanks unto the LORD. MESSIANIC Psalms contain a testimony to CHRIST our LORD Himself affirmed. Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (KJV)
CHRIST is seen in the Psalms:
(1). In two general characteristics, as suffering (Ps.22), and as entering into His Kingdom’s glory (Ps.2; Ps.24). Luke 24:25-27 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (KJV)
#2. CHRIST is seen in His Person: (a) as SON of GOD (Ps.2:7) and very GOD (Ps.45:6-7; Ps.102:25; Ps.110:1). (b) as SON of Man (Ps.8:4-6); (c) as the Son of David (Ps.89:3-4, 27, 29);
#3. CHRIST is seen in His offices: (a) as Prophet (Ps22:22, 25; Ps.40:9-10); (b) as Priest (Ps.110:4) and (c) as King (Ps.2; Ps.24.)
#4. CHRIST is seen in His varied work. As Priest He offers Himself in sacrifice (Ps.22:1-31; Ps.40:6; Heb.10:5-12) and, in His resurrection, as the Priest-Shepherd, ever living to make intercession (Ps.23:1-6; Heb.7:21-25; 13:20). As Prophet He proclaims the Name of GOD as FATHER (Ps.22:22; Jn.20:17). As King He fulfils the Davidic Covenant (Ps.89:1-52) and restores alike the dominion of man over Creation (Ps.8:4-8; Rom.8:17-21) and of the FATHER over all (1 Cor.15:25-28).
#5. I think the MESSIANIC Psalms bring to us inner thoughts that exercise our soul, as we consider CHRIST JESUS in His earthly experiences. (Ps.16:8-11; Ps.22:1-31).
Psalm 118 prophecies Fulfilled in New Testament
#1. Messiah's Resurrection guaranteed. Psalm 118:17-18 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. 18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. (KJV) Fulfilled: Luke 24:5-7 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. (KJV) 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. (KJV)
#2. The rejected stone is Head of the corner. Psalm 118:22-23 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. (KJV) Fulfilled: Matthew 21:42-43 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (KJV) Mark 12:10-11 And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner: 11 This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? (KJV) Luke 20:17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? (KJV) Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (KJV)
#3. The Blessed One presented to Israel. Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. (KJV) Fulfilled: Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. (KJV)
#4. To come while Temple standing. Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. (KJV) Fulfilled: Matthew 21:12-15 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, (KJV)
12 Better things in Hebrews:
#1. So much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they (Heb.1:4).
#2. Better things accompany salvation (Heb.6:9).
#3. Without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better (Heb.7:7).
#4. The bringing in of a better hope (Heb.7:19).
#5. Jesus made a surety of a better testament (Heb.7:22).
#6. He is the mediator of a better covenant (Heb.8:6).
#7. Better sacrifices (Heb.9:23).
#8. A better and an enduring substance (Heb.10:34).
#9. A better country(Heb.11:16).
#10. A better resurrection (Heb.1:35).
#11. Some better thing (Heb.11:40).
#12. Better things than that of Abel (Heb.12:24).
All because of the MESSIAH! We need to thank Him! OFTEN!!!
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