The Passover Psalms

We all know that the last Passover of Christ ended with a Psalm; how many brethren or even elders know exactly what Psalm?  How many know that other Psalms were sung during the service? or which Psalms they were?  Today’s article reveals these written for Passover psalms and expounds them.  These Psalms are a proper part of the Passover service. 

David wrote Psalms 113-118 and Psalm 136 to be read / sung at the Passover service. 

The Passover Psalms Expounded

King David wrote psalms to be sung for Passover and established Levitical choirs to sing them at the Tabernacle. Later Solomon had large choirs sing these psalms at the temple.

During the time of Ezra these psalms were sung at the temple and were also made a part of the family Passover service.

Jesus and his disciples sang these same psalms at the Passover service, including the last Passover of Christ in the flesh. These psalms are included at the appropriate place in the Passover service section, but it is appropriate to expound them as well.

Psalms 136, 113-118

King James Version (KJV)

Psalm 136

A Passover Psalm of Deliverance; written by David

As we read this Psalm think of the physical and spiritual deliverance of the Called Out from bondage to Satan and sin; and praise our God for his tender manifold mercies to us individually as well as his mercies to his creation.

Psalm 136 is a psalm of praise to God for his great love and mercy in delivering his physically Called Out from physical bondage in Egypt; and for delivering his spiritually Called Out from bondage to Satan, sin and death; by giving his own life as the Lamb of God.

Psalm 136 Opens the Passover Service

Gratitude and praise exalting the goodness and greatness of the Eternal.

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 136:2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.  136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Acknowledging the wisdom and might of the Eternal.

136:4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.  136:6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.   136:7 To him that made great lights [the sun and moon]: for his mercy endureth for ever:  136:8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:  136:9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Acknowledging the Eternal’s power to deliver us from bondage to Satan, sin and death.

136:10 To him that smote Egypt [Pharaoh was a type of Satan, and bondage in Egypt was a type of bondage to sin.] in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:  136:11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:  136:12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

God has called men from bondage to Satan, sin and death, and he will deliver his faithful from the grave typified by Israel rising out of the Red Sea.

136:13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts [A type of God’s ultimate opening of the graves to resurrect the faithful.]: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

Those who live by every Word of God will rise up to eternal life, changed to spirit. The unrepentant wicked will be destroyed by fire like pharaoh and his army was destroyed in the sea.

136:15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea [The wicked will be destroyed but those faithful to their baptismal commitment to faithfully keep the whole Word of God will be resurrected to life eternal.]: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:16 To him which led his people through the wilderness [God leads those who follow him, guiding them through the spiritual wilderness of this wicked world.]: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:18 And slew famous kings [God will destroy all unrepentant sinners] for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:20 And Og the king of Bashan [these Canaanite kings were used as types of unrepentant sinners]: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:21 And gave their land for an heritage [The wicked will be destroyed from off the earth; and ultimately the entire universe will be given to the faithful to rule under God the Father and Jesus Christ.]: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:23 Who remembered us in our low estate [God will remember us in our bondage to death and he will deliver us in a resurrection from the grave.]: for his mercy endureth for ever:

136:24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies [Spiritually, Satan the Adversary of God, sin and death are our real enemies.]: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh [In addition to physical food, God feeds his faithful with the spiritual food of the Word of God.]: for his mercy endureth for ever.

136:26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.


Psalm 113

Praise to God who delivers his faithful

Jesus Christ delivered those who obeyed him and who followed him out of bondage in Egypt. If Israel had not obeyed God’s  Passover instructions, their first born would have died.  This was only the beginning of obedience, for they had to follow Christ OUT of  bondage in Egypt [a type of bondage to sin]! 

The spiritually Called Out from sin, must also obey and follow the Lamb of God sacrificed for us, in order to be delivered from bondage to sin. 

Refusing to follow every Word of God, means that we are remaining in sin and that we will face the fate of all sinners. 

Let us remember the Mighty Deed of the Creator of the universe in giving up his God-hood to die like a lamb for us.  He now sits at the right hand of God the Father awaiting the appointed time to come and establish the Kingdom of God! 

The Father in heaven and the Lamb of God, are Great and Greatly to be Praised!

Remember that where the word “LORD” is all capitals; it refers to YHVH the family of God, including God the Father and the Implementing Creator, the Lamb of God who became Jesus Christ!

113:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.  113:2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised.  113:4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Our marvelous Creator gave up eternity and unlimited power to be made flesh and give his life for his Creation!  Our Creator humbled himself and lowered himself to become flesh to save us from our own wickedness!  How marvelous is his love!  He is WORTHY to be praised forever!

113:5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,  113:6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!

He delivered the poor and downtrodden slaves from physical Egypt, and he delivers the spiritually poor [humble and submissive to God], lifting them up out of the filth and bondage to sin and wickedness, delivering his Called and Chosen to eternal life as princes [Kings, and Priests]. 

113:7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;  113:8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

Physical Israel was enslaved in Egypt and heavily oppressed having no hope, like a barren woman who has no hope of children.  Our Mighty God delivered physical Israel out of Egypt and caused her to rejoice like a barren woman who is freed from her trials and has become the mother of many!

Even so, those spiritually called out of their hopeless bondage to sin, have been called into the freedom of the Word of God; and if they persevere in living by every Word of God they will be filled with the great joy of  spiritual fruitfulness, receiving the promises of God for faithfulness: eternal life and blessings. 

113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.


Psalm 114

Jesus Christ called physical Israel out of Egypt to be his people, his Bride;  and God has called out a spiritual Israel to become a  part of Christ’s collective spiritual Bride.  Today the faithful of spiritual Israel who follow the Lamb of God and live by every Word of God; are a spiritual Temple where God dwells through the agency of God’s Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Psalm 114:1 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;  114:2 Judah was his sanctuary [before any tabernacle or temple was built God dwelt among his people], and Israel his dominion.

Before the Might of the Lamb of God the Mighty One of creation; the Red Sea was opened up for physical Israel, the physically Called Out of Egypt:  and later the Jordan in flood was parted! 

Before the Presence of the Lamb of God the Mighty One of creation, the graves of God’s faithful will be opened and the godly will be resurrected to eternal life.  

114:3 The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.

Before the power of the Deliverer at his next coming to deliver his spiritual Called Out from bondage to sin, the mountains and hills shall shake and tremble!  And governments small and great will also shake with awe at the greatness of our God, and they will deliver their kingdoms up to HIM! 

The graves represented by the Red Sea will open to let the faithful followers of the Mighty God go free!  The earth will shiver with mighty earthquakes, and  governments will shake greatly and tremble before the  Strength of our Mighty One! 

114:4 The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. 114:5 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back 114:6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?

The earth will shake and tremble exceedingly when the Deliverer of the spiritually called out and faithful comes to gather his chosen Bride to the marriage of the Lamb before the throne of the Father in heaven (Rev 15);  and then returns with his Chosen Bride after the marriage feast before the throne of God (Rev 15 and 19)!

114:7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;

The Eternal is the Rock and Salvation of all those called and faithful to every Word of God, who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. He pours out of himself the water of the Word and Spirit of life eternal!

114:8 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.

I hope that our readers begin to see the reason why the Creator inspired the writing of these Psalms and their recital at the Passover; and how much more meaningful they make the Passover service.


Psalm 115

Psalms 115 to 118 were sung at the end of the Passover service

David writes that all glory belongs to God: God delivers those who cannot deliver themselves 

Physical Israel could not come out of Egypt on their own and spiritual Israel cannot come out of sin on their own.  If we do not follow the whole Word of God we cannot get free from sin. For sin is the transgression of any part of the Word of God!

115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

Carnal people look to gods that they can see, like men and corporate institutions!  Today most people “say” that they follow God, as they ask what man’s teachings do we follow, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.

Mark 7:6   He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Psalms 115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

The God of the faithful called out, is in heaven and does as he pleases being the sum of Wisdom, Truth and Power!  In due time God the Father will send his Son to the earth and the earth will tremble at his presence; for he shall destroy the wickedness of acting contrary to any part of the Word of God in any matter!

115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

There are many idols made of silver and gold, but today’s idols are gold and silver itself, men and corporate institutions and the false doctrines of men.  We cleave to the false traditions of men rather than follow the Word of God. 

Statues can neither hear nor speak and those who follow their own ways instead of the whole Word of God are ignorant and cannot speak the truth and wisdom of God.

115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:  115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

Those who do not trust and follow the Lamb of God are like the dumb statues that men make;  and every person who trusts in and follows idols of men and the false traditions and corporate edifices of men; is as ignorant as any other idol worshiper.

115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Let spiritual Israel trust in the Mighty God who can deliver us out of our bondage to sin and trust no more in our false traditions and idols of men! 

115:9 O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

The physical priesthood of the  house of Aaron is a physical allegory to teach us  that every single spiritually Called Out early harvest person, has been called to the birthright [IF they endure and overcome and prove themselves faithful and loyal to the Word of God]; of becoming priests of the priesthood of Jesus Christ under God the Father. 

Let us trust and live by every Word of God instead of following men and their false traditions.

115:10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.  115:11 Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

The Eternal is ever mindful of his faithful, and he will bless his New Covenant Called Out who are faithful and put their trust in HIM! 

He will bless them most of all in spiritual growth in the knowledge and understanding of his perfect Word of wisdom and truth; and he will bless the faithful with life eternal in godliness!

115:12 The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

Those who respect the whole Word of God to learn it and to do it; will be greatly spiritually blessed and will be raised up from the pit of the grave to eternal life as spirit!

115:13 He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.

Once they are resurrected to spirit; the Family of God will continue to increase forever!

115:14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

Those who follow the Lamb wherever HE goes, and  are completely faithful to live by every Word of God will be greatly blessed of the Eternal; while those who prefer their false traditions and exalt men and corporate entities above the whole Word of God will be strongly corrected and if they remain unrepentant they will utterly perish.

115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

Physical people dwell on the earth and cannot cross the void between heaven and earth; only spirit can cross from earth to heaven and back.  Only those who are completely faithful to follow the whole Word of God without any compromise, will be changed to spirit.

115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

If anyone remains unrepentant and falls in final death in the fire; they will never be able to learn or do anything again forever. 

115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

The faithful followers of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God; will be changed to spirit and they shall rejoice in their lot for all eternity!

115:18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

Praise the Eternal, who by his sacrifice, his Word and his Spirit; has led all that follow him out of the spiritual Egypt of bondage to Satan, sin and death, into the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

Praise the LORD.


Psalm 116

When we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; and in due time God the Father convicted us of our sins revealing the need for repentance and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us:  Calling us to God the Father through Christ.

Then when the Eternal heard the voice of our repentance and forgave us, applying the blood sacrifice of the Son to us; we realized how much he has done for us and we were filled with love for him because of the love he has showed for us!  Please read this story of sin, repentance and love beginning about Luke 7:37.

Luke 7:47   Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

Psalms 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.

Those who understand the depth of our need to be forgiven and who understand the tremendous sacrifice that the Father and the Son have made in caring for humanity and working out their plan for our salvation; will be utterly faithful to become spiritually ONE in full UNITY with them forever. 

The proud and self-righteous will lean to their own ways and their idols of men, organizations and false traditions above the Word of God!  They claim to love Christ, but they love him in words only and not in deeds; they love their false ways more than they love God the Father or Jesus Christ. 

116:2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

When we realize that we are in bondage to Satan and sin, and eternal death has us in its grasp; let us sincerely repent and turn to live by every Word of God.

116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Like David we must sincerely repent and turn back to serve the Eternal and his Word, throwing ourselves on his mercy.

116:4 Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.  116:5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

The simple or poor in spirit are those who are poor in the spirit of self-will and pride, and are humble and submissive to every Word of God! 

When we sin and then we are brought low and humbled, when we cry out in our sincere humble repentance committing to go and live by every Word of God forever more; then the Eternal will extend his mercy to us and forgive us and reconcile us with God the Father, bringing us spiritual peace and rest.

116:6 The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.  116:7 Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. 116:8 For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

It is better to be subject to the Word of God, which is wisdom and truth; then to cleave to our own ways that bring eternal destruction. 

David learned to give up his trust in men and to trust in the Eternal.  We should also learn to test every word of man by the whole Word of God.

116:9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. 116:10 I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:  116:11 I said in my haste, All men are liars.

How can we repay the Eternal for his mercy and his deliverance?

116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?

We repay the love of the Eternal by loving him back, by committing to obeying and following HIM and living by every Word of God! By trying to please him, and by not listening to anyone who teaches us to compromise or turn away from any part of God’s Word!

116:13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.

We are to take of the Passover cup of Salvation, the very cup of Redemption that Jesus blessed with the unleavened bread as a symbol of his shed blood for the redemption of God’s people; and we are to commit ourselves to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever he goeth (Rev 14:4).

116:14 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

Our baptismal vow [commitment] of espousal to Christ; is to keep the whole Word of God without any turning aside, or any hint of compromise.

We are to keep our vow of espousal to Christ and we are to be a shining witness to all of the earth, of passionate faithful obedience to the wondrous Word of God!

116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

The physical death of the faithful Called Out is precious to the Eternal; for they have run their race and have won the victory over all temptations and trials, and have proved themselves to be a fit part of the collective spiritual Bride!

The faithful Called Out are true servants of their master, their espoused Husband and Deliverer; who has redeemed us from death!

116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

Let us be grateful for our deliverance and keep our baptismal espousal vows to obey our collective spiritual Husband Jesus Christ and his Father in heaven and to follow after NO other!

116:17 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.  116:18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

Let us always do the will of our Lord as recorded in his Word with all our hearts. Let us keep his Word without compromise or any turning to the right or to the left.  Let us continually rejoice in the love and mercy of our Beloved!

116:19 In the courts of the LORD’s house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.


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 spiritual harvest out of bondage to sin over the past 6,000 years.  God’s Word is truth and it will endure and be kept by the faithful forever! 

Instead of compromising with and rejecting the truth of God to exalt our own false traditions and idols of men and corporations; we should be rejoicing at our calling out of such sin, and into becoming ONE in complete unity with God 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 gluttonous meal and idle gossip, do think on and discuss God’s deliverance for the faithful sincere keepers of his Word on the Night to be Much Observed [remembered]; picturing the beginning of physical Israel’s march of deliverance out of Egypt, and the beginning of our march of spiritual deliverance out of bondage to Satan and 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 God the Father and Jesus Christ enough to keep the whole Word of God and we sincerely repent of living our own ways; then God 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 up out of our grave and into his Promised Land of eternal life. 

No person, not even an angel or some elder, can separate us from the love of our Mighty One!  Only our own sins and our refusal to live by 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 we are faithful to live by every Word of God and our eternal spirit High Priest makes daily 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 will be tempted, tried and even killed for our love for the whole Word of God, just as Jesus was; yet death will have no power to hold us, just like it had no power to hold our Master! 

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 and commit yourselves to faithfully live by every Word of God the Father with enthusiastic zeal!  Sincerely repent of all 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 live by every Word of God to follow him wherever he goes!

Psalm 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 that fills God’s faithful:  Yet the adamantly unrepentant will 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 faithfully zealous of God will be corrected and if unrepentant they will be destroyed.  Yes, even the many elders of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who pressure and persecute the righteous to try and turn them away from their zeal for godliness, will be thrown into the correction of great tribulation. 

When the Adversary surrounds us with his agents and rises up against us; if we RUN to our God and his Word, we shall be delivered from Satan and 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, all the enemies of the righteousness of the Word of God will 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 bondage of sin and the grave, and Satan has worked hard to make us fall away from our zeal for our God.  Resist him in the name of the Eternal and victory will be gifted to us by our Deliverer just like he led physical Israel victorious out of physical bondage in 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 resurrected bride at the Marriage of the Lamb before the throne of God 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 go astray, in order to bring them back to him, but God will not give up on those he has called or willingly give us over to the flames.  Only we can choose the eternal death by fire through our adamant refusal to repent from our departure from living by every Word of God.

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

God  is righteousness; and the Word of God 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 he 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, speaking of the Passover when the Lamb of God was sacrificed for the salvation of all sincerely repentant 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 [the Passover which God has ordained]; 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 in their complete submission to live by every Word of God.

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, Jesus Christ in the flesh, brought the light of spiritual understanding; and he was bound by his promise to die for the sins of humanity like the sacrifices were bound on the altar.

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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