Nov. 19. More Psalms of Praise

Ps. 118:1-29; 135:1-21

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” God’s goodness and eternal mercy were foremost in the thoughts of the psalmist. From the entire nation of Israel through the ruling house of Aaron to those individuals who fear God, that admonition rang out. The writer personally attested to his confidence in God and the protection that he had received at His hands. Man’s help may let us down, but God is always present. However, those promises and blessings are only available to the righteous. Many years later, Jesus was referred to as the chief cornerstone that was rejected by the builders (Jews). We should be thankful for life just as the writer stated that, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” This highly quoted psalm ended as it had started, with praises for God’s goodness and eternal mercy.

As the psalmist continued his praises to God, he called upon all of His servants to praise Him. Israel had a rich history of the Lord’s blessings. Their father, Jacob had been specially chosen to bless all nations. That was eventually fulfilled through the life, death, burial, resurrection of Christ and the establishment of His church. God’s power is seen as he controls the actions of nature. He had fought their wars from their deliverance from Egypt through the conquest of the nations of Canaan. God continues to be with His servants. What idol could have accomplished those feats? The writer repeated his previous contrast between God and the gods of man and called upon all to bless Him. “Blessed be the Lord…Praise the Lord!”