Meditating on Psalm 118.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever. (Ps. 118:1)
Psalm 118 is a profusion of praise, thanksgiving, and exaltation to the Lord God Almighty overflowing from a heart that had seen and tasted the goodness of the Lord. The psalmist’s couldn’t hold his peace but needed to declare the faithfulness of God to those who put their complete trust in Him.
It tells of the mercy of God that endures forever. And truly, we can hold onto this promise as surely as the heavens and the earth are in their place. When hope is almost gone and we find ourselves in despair, we only need to remember that His mercy endures forever. Meaning, His mercy towards us will never ever be gone for good; we can cling to it even in the last vestiges of hope, and can trust that He will come through for us in our most desperate need.
It tells further of the trust in the name of the Lord that triumphs over fear and of its power to deliver, to deliver from the works of the enemy: perils, diseases, death. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” The name of the Lord – Jesus – has been my refuge, my sanctuary, from all of life’s storms. Even in sickness and weakness, I just utter His name under my breath or silently in my heart, and His peace that passes all understanding comes to me. Hallelujah!
This is what I love the most about Psalm 118 and I’ve been claiming it from early on:
I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
But He has not given me over to death. (vv. 17-18)
Jesus is my strength and my song, my Healer and my salvation!
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