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Saturday, September 17, 2016

PSALM 118



Have you ever been in a parade?  Chances are it wasn't about you.  You were just along for the ride.  Once on a camping trip to Colorado, we came upon a hometown parade through main street which just so happened to be our direct route.  So we fell into being the tail end of it and our parents told us kids, "Just wave."  So we did.  As if we really belonged.   So start waving folks.  We got us a parade here!

O David, did you ever think that you were giving us so many memory verses in your Psalms,
like verse 24 ?


"This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

This day
rejoice
be glad.

Remember, we are in a procession, a parade of David entering the temple.  We are entering in with joy in the Sabbath, this day set apart for worship, for rest from our labors. This is the day the Lord made for us, the seventh day of rest because what He had made was good, worth rejoicing, worth being glad over.  But wait...our day of worship became the day of rejoicing in His resurrection, Sunday!  It is believed that this too is a prophecy of the great work of the resurrection  being foretold.  "Adam's fall was a doleful day.  On the day of Christ's resurrection we will be glad."
(Adam Clarke)

"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."
(verses 25-6)


This procession of David entering in is a foretaste of when Christ entered into Jerusalem and the children and the crowd cried, "Hosanna!"  This means literally, "save us!"  This is the same as verse 25 and 26.

"The crowds going ahead of Him, and those who followed were shouting,
'Hosanna to the Son of David;
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord;
Hosanna in the highest!' 
(Matthew 21:9)


You see, they knew their Scriptures.  They were waiting for a Messiah, the son of David, to come to their rescue, to save them from the oppressive Roman rule.  He came to save them from so much more, but He broke the mold on what they expected from their Messiah.  He would become their suffering Messiah.  To save them, He had to die.  Their  shouts died down and their dreams and hopes all died with Him.  They became angry and yelled, "Crucify Him!"  no longer crying "Hosanna!"

He is the light of the world.


But back to the procession entering into the temple.  It was thought to depict the waving of the branches, the preparation for the sacrifice, translated, "keep the festival with thick boughs at the horns of the alter." 

"The Lord is God,
and He has given us light;
Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar."


"Then God said,
'Let there be light.'"
(Genesis 1:3)

Not only was light the first thing in creation, but in His new creation in our hearts, He illuminates truth to our very souls.  "He has given us the knowledge of Himself and His will.  He has shined upon us ;  He has given us occasion for joy and rejoicing, which is light to the soul, by giving us a prospect of everlasting light in heaven." (Matthew Henry) 


So embrace Him as David did,

"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."



Don't just stand in the crowd.

My, my.  David claimed God by saying, "You are my God," not once but twice here.  He in a sense is grabbing hold of the horns of the altar by saying this and by claiming God is good, His mercy or lovingkindness is everlasting.  God doesn't run dry, or go dark on us.  He doesn't need new batteries to work.  He is just the same God that David claimed before Christ and we can claim after the fact of the cross and resurrection.  We can be hangers on to this truth because that is our light and we are sticking to it!

Pass it on.




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