Posted on: April 7, 2022 Posted by: vufc2 Comments: 0

By Walt Walton

Read Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29

What a song/psalm! David gives such a distinct perspective and a proper view of God in the first verse. “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. This psalm gives an invitation to see Gods glory while also reminding us of his agape love that endures forever. Agape love meaning unconditional, sacrificial, and the highest form of love. Life can be hard sometimes and the way this psalm starts off just reminds us that sometimes we must stop and give thanks to the Lord for he is good. Thank him because he has become our salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. The cornerstone being Christ.      {Ephesians 2:19-22}- Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Through this the Lord creates unity, love, and a significant bound between him and us.

On Palm Sunday Jesus was greeted by a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” This same crowd had people that didn’t agree and except Jesus as king or Lord. Later these people asked for him to be crucified. Jesus is the stone mentioned in verse 22 that people rejected. The cornerstone to a building is the rock upon which the weight of the entire structure rests. Jesus is the cornerstone to most believers because he lived a perfect life nobody else could live and he died the death we all deserve to die due to sin and the judgement of Gods wrath. Jesus is the cornerstone because he bore all the weight of the world when it came to dying on the cross for our sin. Like in verse 21 it mentions that the Lord not only answered our call for him but he becomes our salvation. 

God is good is written more than 6 times throughout Psalm 118. We should remind ourselves of how good God is. Easter creates a space and a gap for us to see and be reminded of the cross. Jesus making the ultimate sacrifice for all humanity (John 3:16). It should also remind us Jesus has risen from the dead and He is alive. Jesus is alive and always with us (Matthew 28:20). During this lent season we want you to see that the Lord is good and to give thanks to him because his steadfast love endures forever. One way you could do that is by substituting something you enjoy doing and spend that time diving into Gods word. Maybe consider reading a devotional every morning or even consider listening to worship music on your way into work. Hopefully lent will provided for you a new path to begin. A path that allows you to give thanks to the Lord, to cherish the Lord for being your salvation, and a path that allows you to honor the cornerstone and not reject it. Hopefully you can start off each day like verse 1 and verse 29 which state the same thing: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

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