THE LORD IS FOR ME!

In The Word

Read Psalm 117, 118

A Psalm of Praise.

Praise the Lord, all nations;
Laud Him, all peoples!
For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord is everlasting.
Praise the Lord!

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Oh let Israel say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Oh let the house of Aaron say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Oh let those who fear the Lord say,
“His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

From my distress I called upon the Lord;
The Lord answered me and set me in a large place.
The Lord is for me; I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in princes.

All nations surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
They surrounded me like bees;
They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
You pushed me violently so that I was falling,
But the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.

The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is 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.
I will not die, but live,
And tell of the works of the Lord.
The Lord has disciplined me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.

Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
The righteous will enter through it.
I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me,
And You have become my salvation.

The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
O Lord, do save, we beseech You;
O Lord, we beseech You, do send prosperity!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God, and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Walking In The Word

Though Psalm 117 is very short, it carries a great point that “all nations” and “all people” should praise the Lord! His everlasting loving-kindness is not just for the Israelites, but for all of mankind! This timeless love is worshipped in both psalms as they open with, “Praise the Lord!” But in Psalm 118:6-7, we hear the psalmist proclaim, “The Lord is for me!” Do you believe that? Do you truly believe that your Heavenly Father is for you and not against you?

Many people equate the love of their Heavenly father with the love they received from their earthly father. For most of us, it’s not a comparison we wish to imagine. Our earthly father could have been an unloving father, a father that was never satisfied with our accomplishments, always belittling us, maybe even telling us that we were worthless. In verse 8, it says, “It’s better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” Man will always let you down, but not your Heavenly Father. “From my distress I called upon the Lord and He answered me and set me in a large place” (Psalm 118:5). When you know that you are loved and cherished by your Heavenly Father, it is easy to proclaim, like the psalmist, the love and praise we read about here in Psalm 118. Your Heavenly Father loves you and wants what’s best for you. The psalmist knew this as he sang, “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation” (Psalm 118:14). Through the death of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son given for you, you now have that salvation! Praise the Lord!

 

 

 

 

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