Psalm 118

1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

2 Let Israel now say, “His mercy endures forever.”

3 Let the house of Aaron now say, “His mercy endures forever.”

4 Let those who fear the LORD now say, “His mercy endures forever.”

5 I called on the LORD in distress; The LORD answered me and set me in a broad place.

6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.

8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

11 They surrounded me, Yes, they surrounded me; but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

12 They surrounded me like bees; they were quenched like a fire of thorns; for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall, but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; the right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD, through which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This was the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

27 God is the LORD, and He has given us light; bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, I will exalt You.

29 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

 

When God has your back, it’s not just your back, it’s your front, your sides, your over, and your under.  In all the daily pushing and shoving you are never knocked over.  When you kneel before God you don’t need to kneel before any foe.  He is our light by which we can see clearly.  He has placed us in a wide place so even in the dark there is nothing to trip over.  He always works to our benefit even if that work involves literally beating the hell out of us.  Praise God because God will always be God, and God will always be deserving of praise.

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