Psalm 118 Devotional Commentary

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Psalm 118:8

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and all who follow His instructions have good insight. Reverence for the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and detest instruction. How much better, therefore to take refuge in the Lord rather than to place ones trust in man.

A reverential fear of God and a heart that trusts the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and gives us safety from the fear of man. read more...

Psalm 118:22

Psalm 118 is a proclamation of majestic praise to God for His goodness and grace - His kindness, loyalty, and deliverance. At the beginning and at the end, we are exhorted to "give thanks unto the LORD for He is good, for His mercy endures forever," while in the middle section the author describes some of the terrible attacks he faced from his enemies while declaring his great deliverance from those that surround him and sought his downfall.


Psalm 118:24

When things go well and the sun is shining, when we have just received a wonderful surprise or had some encouraging news of a dear loved one, how we rejoice and how our hearts are full of praise to the Lord. It is on these days of unexpected wonder and joyful delight that we lift up our voices and proclaim with the psalmist: "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it," and rightly so.


Psalm 118:24

We love to look out on misty mornings, stunning sunsets and a sun-kissed field of corn and say, "this is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it." Indeed, it is good to praise the Lord for the wonderful works of His mighty hand. But this lovely verse, which is right in the centre of scripture, has a far more significant meaning.

Psalm 118 is a very important Messianic psalm that points read more...

Psalm 118:28

God knows the importance of praise, the power of prayer and the benefits that accompany a thankful heart in the life of a believer, which is why so many writers of scriptures exhort us to rejoice in the Lord, to pray without ceasing and in everything to give thanks - indeed the apostle Paul explains that this is God's will for all His blood-bought children.

And here we discover the Psalmist giving glory to the Lord in an read more...