Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 117 – 118


Psalms 117

God showed great mercy in keeping his promise to Abraham and calling physical Israel out of Egypt;  He has shown great mercy in calling an early harvest out of bondage to sin over the past 6,000 years.  God’s Word is truth and it shall endure and be kept by the faithful forever!  Instead of compromising with and rejecting the truth of God to exalt our false traditions and idols of men and corporations; we should be rejoicing at our calling out of such sin, and into becoming ONE with the Father and the Son! 

117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

Instead of a glutenous meal and idle gossip, do think on and discuss God’s deliverance for his faithful sincere keepers of his Word; on the Night to be Much Remembered as the beginning of physical Israel’s march of deliverance out of Egypt, and  our march of spiritual deliverance out of sin.


Psalm 118

118:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. 118:2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 118:4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

If we love Jesus enough to keep the whole Word of God which he inspired, and we sincerely repent of doing our own ways; then he will deliver us into the large place of the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

118:5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

Regardless of what happens to us physically; if we are faithful unto our death; we have the Promise of Almighty God to bring us out of our graves and into his Promised Land of eternal life.  No person, not an angel or some elder, can separate us from the love of our Mighty One!  Only our own sins and our refusal to keep every Word of God can separate us from God; and even then he still loves us and will correct us!  

What man or spirit can condemn the faithful when our High Priest daily makes intercession for us His beloved?

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

We shall be tempted, tried and even killed for our love for the whole Word of God, to keep it, as Jesus was; yet death will have no power to hold us, as it had no power to hold our Leader! 

8:36   As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Be strong and of a good courage as we commit ourselves to faithfully keep the whole Word of the Eternal, with enthusiastic zeal!  Sincerely repent of past sins and the idolizing of men and their institutions and false traditions. 

The Eternal who parted the Red Sea and destroyed the first born of Egypt is on our side; IF we are on HIS side and keep his Word to follow him wherever he goes!

118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

The Eternal will take the part of all of those who zealously take HIS part and love him enough to DO what he teaches!  The Eternal will correct those who persecute his people and when they eventually repent they will turn to the same kind of zeal to love, learn and keep the whole Word of God.  yet the adamantly unrepentant shall have their part in the eternal destruction of the lake of fire. 

118:7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

Trust in God and his Word more than anything else!  test the words of all men against the whole word of God and hold fast ONLY to what is good according to the whole Word of God.

118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

All those who attack and persecute the faithful zealous of God shall be corrected and if necessary destroyed.  Yes even the many elders of the various COG groups who pressure and persecute the righteous, to try and turn them away from their zeal, shall be thrown into the correction of great tribulation. 

When sin surrounds us and rises up against us; if we RUN to our God and his Word; we shall be delivered from that sin.

118:10 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. 118:11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

In the name of [by the authority of, the command of] the Eternal shall all the enemies of righteousness [the Word of God], be destroyed.

118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

The enemy is Satan and sin has worked hard to make us fall away from our zeal for our God; resist him in the name of the Eternal and victory shall gifted to us by our Deliverer,  as he led physical Israel victorious out of Egypt!

118:13 Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

David now begins to quote the song of Moses (Ex 15, Rev 15)  which is to be sung by the bride before the throne of the Father in heaven!  Our God is mighty, he is valiant, he is gloriously victorious over all his enemies [Satan and sin];  he is great and greatly to be honored and praised!

118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.

David did die physically,  here he refers to the resurrection to eternal life after which he will eternally declare the mighty works of YHVH, the Eternal.

118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

God will correct his people who stray, to bring them back to him, but will not give up on those he has called, or give us over to the flames.  Only we can choose the eternal death of fire by our adamant refusal to repent from our departure from the word of God.

118:18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

God  is righteousness; and his whole Word defines the righteousness of God!

118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: 118:20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

God hears our sincere repentance and gives us his merciful salvation by applying the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us.

118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

David prophesies of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God, and how he would be rejected for a time.  David prophesies of the day of salvation, Passover: when the Lamb of God is sacrificed for the salvation of the people.

118:22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 118:23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Blessed are all those who are faithful and bear the name of the Eternal for their complete submission and faithfulness to him and his word.

118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

The Lamb of God brought spiritual understanding and  LIGHT; as the sacrifices are bound on the altar, so the Lamb of God was bound as our sacrifice by his promise.  

118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

Here we have a most fitting end to the Passover service; a praise of God for his eternal mercies for his creation!

118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

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