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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 117/118:

   

FRAMEWORKS: Psa 117

 

[Preliminary Comments: The shortest of the psalms, used as part of the Passover liturgy, a call to all people to extol the Lord for His never ending love.]

 

v.1  Praise the Lord , all you nations;
     extol him, all you peoples.
v.2  For great is his love towards us,
     and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.

Praise the Lord .

 

 

FRAMEWORKS: Psa 118: Testimony, Deliverance & Communal Thanksgiving

 

[Preliminary Comments: The psalm falls into three parts.

The first part [v.1-4] is a simple call to testify to the Lord's never ending love that is demonstrated by what follows.

The second part [v.5-18] is a testimony of how under pressure [in war] the psalmist [David?] was under pressure [v.5] with enemies all about him [v.10-12] and was about to fall [v.13a] but the Lord delivered him [v.13b,14]. Along the way he testifies how he has learnt that with the Lord he need not be afraid but will triumph [v.6,7] knowing now that it is better to take shelter with the Lord than with people [v.8,9], for it's the Lord who has delivered him [v.15,16] and although the Lord disciplined him through this, He did not allow him to die [v.17,18].

The third part [v.19-29] is all about recognising the Lord's goodness and going to praise him at the temple [tabernacle?]. He will go into the house of the Lord [v.26] to give thanks [v.19,20] because although others [implied] rejected him, the Lord had elevated him to a key position [v.21,22] and he recognises that this is the work of God alone [v.23,24] – although they still need God to save them [v.25] – so whoever else comes to join him there [v.26], he will welcome them and create a celebratory procession [v.27] that will focus on the Lord [v.28]. He concludes as he began with a call to give thanks to the Lord for He is good [v.28]. Truly a psalm of celebration.]

 

 

Part 1: v.1-4: A Call to declare the Lord's never ending love

 

v.1 The overall theme: Thank God for His never ending love

v.1  Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good ;
     his love endures for ever.

 

v.2-4 A call to all Israel to declare the Lord's never ending love

v.2  Let Israel say:
     ‘His love endures for ever.'
v.3  Let the house of Aaron say:
     ‘His love endures for ever.'
v.4  Let those who fear the Lord say:
     ‘His love endures for ever.'

 

Part 2: v.5-18: Deliverance

 

v.5 Put under pressure, he cried to the Lord and was set free

v.5  When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord ;
     he brought me into a spacious place.
    

v.6,7 Thus with the Lord with him, he is no longer fearful but triumphant

v.6  The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
     What can mere mortals do to me?
v.7  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
     I look in triumph on my enemies.

 

v.8,9 It's better to take shelter with God than with people

v.8  It is better to take refuge in the Lord
     than to trust in humans.
v.9  It is better to take refuge in the Lord
     than to trust in princes.
  

v.10-12 Having been surrounded (by enemies) he fought his way free

v.10  All the nations surrounded me,
     but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
v.11  They surrounded me on every side,
     but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
v.12  They swarmed around me like bees,
     but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns;
     in the name of the Lord I cut them down.
    

v.13,14 Although he was about to fall, the Lord came to his aid and delivered him

v.13  I was pushed back and about to fall,
     but the Lord helped me.
v.14  The Lord is my strength and my defence;
     he has become my salvation.

  

v.15,16 God's power and authority is thus exalted

v.15  Shouts of joy and victory
     resound in the tents of the righteous:
‘The Lord 's right hand has done mighty things!
v.16   The Lord 's right hand is lifted high;
     the Lord 's right hand has done mighty things!'
      

v.17,18 So I won't die, disciplined, but delivered from death

v.17  I will not die but live,
     and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
v.18  The Lord has chastened me severely,
     but he has not given me over to death.
     

Part 3: v.19-29: Rejoicing & Praising the Lord

 

v.19,20 The gate to the temple [tabernacle?] is now open to him to praise God

v.19  Open for me the gates of the righteous;
     I will enter and give thanks to the Lord .
v.20  This is the gate of the Lord
     through which the righteous may enter.
    

v.21,22 Although I was not rejected I am restored and will praise the Lord

v.21  I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
     you have become my salvation.

v.22  The stone the builders rejected
     has become the cornerstone;
    

v.23,24 This is God's salvation so let's rejoice over it

v.23  the Lord has done this,
     and it is marvellous in our eyes.
v.24  The Lord has done it this very day;
     let us rejoice today and be glad.

   

v.25 Yet Lord we still need you to save us

v.25   Lord , save us!
     Lord , grant us success!

 

v.26 We bless whoever comes to the house of the Lord to praise Him

v.26  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord .
     From the house of the Lord we bless you.
    

v.27 God is worthy of praise so come and join us

v.27  The Lord is God,
     and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
     up to the horns of the altar.

 

v.28 But you Lord are to be our focus of praise, we exalt you

v.28  You are my God, and I will praise you;
     you are my God, and I will exalt you.

   

v.29 So [everyone] give thanks to the Lord for He IS good

v.29  Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good;
     his love endures for ever.

 

 

[Additional Comments: Read through again and capture even more fully the three phases of it and allow your heart to be lifted by it.]

   

     

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