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Series: Psalms of Praise
(We opened by playing Chris Tomlin's "Forever" song found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjrAeWCOg6Qandfeature=fvwrel. Immediately after the song, I read Psalm 118 in its entirety, and prayed.)
APPLY: The Psalm we've read today has inspired numerous hymns and contemporary songs.
• One of the best known is called "This is the Day that the Lord has made"
• And of course, it inspired the song by Chris Tomlin that we played during the offertory time. And I noticed this morning that it also was the basis for the first verse of "In Christ Alone".
• When I was at camp we sang another song based on this Psalm: "My Lord, my God, my strength my song, has now become my salvation"
• And it has inspired many lesser known songs including one by a Reggae singer named Bob Marley called "Corner Stone".
Many believe this was one of the "Psalms of Ascent" that Jews would sing on their way up to Jerusalem to take part in the Sacrifices and Feast Days. And there is some reason to believe that this was the Psalm that Jesus and His disciples might have sung right after their last Passover meal.
In addition, the 118th Psalm - is a Messianic Psalm. The part of the Psalm that talks about the cornerstone that was rejected by the builders was quoted by both Jesus and Peter as being about Christ.
This is a POWERFUL Psalm of praise. In fact, it's so powerful, that one of the preachers in our group - as he was preparing his sermon on this Psalm - found himself being so consumed by it as he read it aloud, that he thought it was a shame he couldn't just read it with all the power he could put into it... and then close with a word of prayer and send everybody home.
This is a great Psalm of Praise. You can almost sense the Israelites dancing in joy as they sang it.
But lying behind the Praise in this Psalm there appears to be a great deal of pain.
In verse 5, David wri ...
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