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Read Psalm 118:1-2 and 14-24


Read Psalm 118:1-2 and 14-24

118 Give thanks to the Lord,
because he is good,
and his love is eternal.
2Let the people of Israel say,
“His love is eternal.”

14The Lord makes me powerful and strong;
he has saved me.
15Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God’s people:
“The Lord’s mighty power has done it!
16His power has brought us victory—
his mighty power in battle!”
17I will not die; instead, I will live
and proclaim what the Lord has done.
18He has punished me severely,
but he has not let me die.
19Open to me the gates of the Temple;
I will go in and give thanks to the Lord!
20This is the gate of the Lord;
only the righteous can come in.
21I praise you, Lord,
because you heard me, because you have given me victory.
22The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
turned out to be the most important of all.
23This was done by the Lord;
what a wonderful sight it is!
24This is the day of the Lord’s victory;
let us be happy, let us celebrate!


As we read through all the Psalms we see the theme of God's victory.  God always has the last word, God always redeems, has mercy, protects and lifts up.  And so as Jesus approached the cross he approached in confidence.  The prophecy of the Psalm is fulfilled in Jesus' resurrection.


Help me to take these words of hope and make them a part of my inner being.  I surrender myself to you the living and ever loving God.

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