“The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.” (Psalm 118:14)
I had a tough day today – the day I sat down to right this. I was fretting over and just riling myself up thinking about it, which was not going to help. So I just determined to give it all over to God and enjoy my evening.
“There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.” (Verses 15 – 16)
My placing my worries and fretting on the Lord did not solve or change anything. But when tomorrow comes, I will be better able to handle it then I would have continuing to worry over it.
“I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not give me over to death.” (Verse 17 – 18)
I do not feel I have any great victory in having set aside my burdens and cares. In fact, I feel slightly ashamed about letting myself get riled about them in the first place. So many times I think, “If I had only have come to the Lord sooner about this!”
“Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.” (Verse 19)
You may have noticed by now, beloved reader, that Psalm 118 is often used around the time of Lent and Easter. It is a celebration of the Lord and what the Lord does for us. Many uses and applications.
“This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.” (Verses 20 – 21)
But if this psalm is often used, it only reflects how often we need to remind ourselves of the Lord and the Lord’s desire for us – God’s instructions and Christ’s example. So let us use it and reuse it as often as necessary.
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!” (Verses 22 – 25)
And in using it, let it be our song of praise to the Lord who put our needs above the Divine’s.
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.” (Verses 26 – 27)
We have set our feet again on our Christian journey. We walk forth into the rest of the church year, and the lectionary year. But we do not journey alone. The Risen Lord is our companion.
“You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Verses 28 – 29)