Psalm 118:24

Psalm 118:24

July 13, 2020 – Monday                                                             

Psalm 118:24    ESV

24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Comment        

The above verse is very popular. You will find it on posters, shirts, plaques, signs, etc. In fact we have a metal sign with that verse on the outside of our home. And it makes sense that it would be so popular, after all it is a very positive verse.

Or is it? Let’s consider the verse in context.

22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord‘s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Consider Jesus was the stone the builders rejected, yet He became the cornerstone and some churches carry that name, “Cornerstone Church.” Thus we have a prophecy in this beautiful Psalm, that Jesus would be rejected and yet become the cornerstone. The day this happened was a day the Lord had made and it was something to rejoice and be glad about, so yes, it is a very positive verse.

We don’t know who wrote the Psalm for sure, but most give credit to King David. It is the last of the Hallel Songs (Psalms 113-118) on Passover and at the Last Supper. Psalm 118 was likely sung as Jesus and His disciples departed the Upper Room for the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus would be betrayed and arrested.

It is interesting to think of Jesus singing this Psalm knowing He was headed to arrest, trial, torture, and crucifixion. Consider how the Psalm begins Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!  There are nuggets of gold throughout this Psalm. Consider the following:

                    5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.

               It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

                   14 The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. 

                 29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!

Of course our verse of the day rejoicing as Jesus becomes the cornerstone of our faith is the most amazing. It is an incredible prophecy buried in the last song of the Hallel. To think this was sung throughout Israel on the Passover and yet so many would not recognize Jesus as the one who would become the cornerstone.

I wonder how often we miss God speaking to us in our everyday activities that we do so often we no longer look or see the deeper meaning in all or any of them. There is no mistaking these three verses are about Jesus. But what else is there to see and recognize God’s presence? After all v14 tells us The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.

Let the eyes of our hearts remain open and may we see God everywhere that He shows up in our lives. 

RileyD, nwJ
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton