Get ready for the long, long, long psalm tomorrow. It is the longest chapter in the Bible…but wait, that is tomorrow. Just give yourself a lot of time to read the Psalm, and since I’m not preaching on Sunday I’ll probably give you a longer breakdown of the psalm than normal. But let’s look at Psalm 118.
This Psalm reminds me of that saying where a person says: “God is good”, and someone else responds: “All the time, all the time”, and then the first person responds back with: “God is good”. Look at the beginning verses which have that repeat which goes: “His steadfast love endures forever.” We see another repeat in vs. 15 and following.
So this is the psalm which is used by the Gospel writers to talk about Palm Sunday. Look at verses 25 and following and we have “save us” which in the Hebrew is Hosanna. It is also the Psalm which tells us: “This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” I use those words more times than you may imagine. I use it for funerals (which we call services of witness of the resurrection), weddings, and just general worship services where I feel really good. It is just a great, happy statement that comes right out of Scripture. It also applies to every day.