BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 118 – Headline “A One-Way Gate”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Psalm 118

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • How to have God on your side.
  • The controversy with the gentile nations
  • The prophecy of Jesus’ triumphal entry

Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy

Psalm 118:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
  • Say it once.
Psalm 118:Let Israel now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
  • Say it twice.
Psalm 118:Let the house of Aaron now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
  • Say it three times
Psalm 118:Let those who fear the Lord now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
  • Say it four times
Psalm 118:I called on the Lord in distress;
The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
  • In Hebrew thought openness represents freedom while captivity means to be bound up.
    SOS: Saved Over Satan
  • The beach head where the Hebrews stayed while the Egyptians were pursuing was a broad beach head holding millions.
Psalm 118:The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
  • To have the Lord on your side is to make sure you are on the Lord’s side.
Psalm 118:The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
  • What if the righteous are the judges at the Great White Throne Judgement?
  • How would you judge your enemies?
  • How did Jesus judge the soldiers at His crucifixion?
    Luke 23:34 And Jesus said, `Father, forgive them, for they have not known what they do;’ and parting his garments they cast a lot.
Psalm 118:It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.
Psalm 118:10 All nations (gentiles) surrounded me,
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
  • Matthew 25:31-32 The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations -“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
  • Joel 2:19 The Lord will answer and say to His people, “Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, And you will be satisfied by them; I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations. Joel 3:1 God Judges the Nations – “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there On account of My people, My heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land. Joel 3:9 Proclaim this among the nations: “Prepare for war! Wake up the mighty men, Let all the men of war draw near, Let them come up. Joel 3:11-12 Assemble and come, all you nations, And gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O Lord. “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.
  • Revelation 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
  • Revelation 12:5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
  • Psalm 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
  • Psalm 110:6 He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.
  • Jeremiah 25:31 A noise will come to the ends of the earth— For the Lord has a controversy with the nations; He will plead His case with all flesh. He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the Lord.”
Psalm 118:11 They surrounded me, Yes, they surrounded me;
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
Psalm 118:12 They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord I will destroy (cut them off) them.
Psalm 118:13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall, But the Lord helped me.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.
Psalm 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
  • The right hand is a position of authority. Jesus sat down at the Right Hand side of the Father.
  • The right hand is the useful part of the body, working on the body’s behalf.
  • The right hand is a euphemism for the son of the King; the Prince.
Psalm 118:16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
  • Psalm 110:1 Announcement of the Messiah’s Reign – A Psalm of David. The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
Psalm 118:18 The Lord has chastened (disciplined) me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.
Psalm 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the Lord.
Psalm 118:20 This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous shall enter.
  • This “Gate” is a One-Way gate.
    • John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
    • There is no other way.
Psalm 118:21 I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation.
Psalm 118:22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
  • Isaiah 28:16 A Cornerstone in Zion Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.
Psalm 118:23 This was the Lord’s doing (Lit. This is from the Lord);
It is marvelous in our eyes.
  • Wonderful, Marvelous, Awestruck, Paralyzingly Breathless
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:25 Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.
  • Sometimes God waits until the last minute so that the receiver knows for certain the miracle is from their God.
Psalm 118:26 Blessed is he (He) who comes in the name of the Lord!
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
  • John 12:13 [Triumphal Entry] 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!”
  • Matthew 23:39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”
Psalm 118:27 God is the Lord, and He has given us light;
Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
Psalm 118:28 You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You.
Psalm 118:29 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
  • Shout it five times!
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