Thursday, September 15, 2016

PSALM 118 verses 15-18 

"The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous."

"Formerly there was nothing but wailings:
but now there is universal joy because of salvation,
the deliverance which God has wrought for us."
(Adam Clarke)

I love this verse.  There probably was not a sweeter sound to David the song writer than this raised voice of triumph: men's voices together throughout their encampment joyfully sounding victory!  It was a heart-pumping, hair raising yell.  At Hank's Civil War re-enactment, it was thrilling enough to hear their ranks yelling Hip, hip, Huzzah, and it was just a small band of soldiers!  It was just an echo of the long ago, long-fought, costly-bought victory of a hard-won war to end slavery and preserve the union.  An isolated lone soldier would miss this thrill yelling by himself.  Though we have battles before us, we must remember the Scripture, "However, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit sayeth the Lord."  Just imagine the sweet shout of victory when we arrive in the camp of heaven!

"The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. 
(This is so important that it is repeated.)
The right hand of the lord is exalted."
(verses 15-16)

Did you know that God is right handed?  He has a strong arm.  Can you imagine Him standing up from His throne raising His arm in triumph when Jesus walked out of the tomb?  He knew how it would all turn out, but His total Being was involved and enthralled in our deliverance from sin and death through the suffering of His Son. 

One of my favorite random wedding pictures is of the groom kissing his bride with his right hand raised in exaltation.  It is the quintessential picture of love conquers all.  That's God's love for us!

"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."
(verse 17-18)

War is terrible.  But victory is triumphant. 
God alone holds our life in His hand.
No power on earth can tear us from His valiant strong arm.

"But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, not things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing,
will be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
(Romans 37-39)

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