Suggested Reading: Psalms 117-118
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Key Verses: Psalm 117:1-2
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Our key verses constitute the shortest Psalm, with only sixteen words in the Hebrew language. It comes in the middle point of the Bible. Of course, we have been moving back and forth between the New Testament and the Old Testament. For those who started 100words.ca with Matthew, we’ve been reading together for 17 months now. We have seven months to go to complete reading through the Bible. Don’t give up now!
Psalm 118 encourages us to join the composer with total confidence in God alone. As we look for the Bible to interpret the Bible we may want to read about the “Chief Cornerstone” (118:22) elsewhere. Click on 1 Peter 2:4-8 and Ephesians 2:19-22. Jesus, Messiah (Hebrew), Christos (Greek), is that “Chief Cornerstone” in the construction of God’s eternal building! Jesus was rejected by the majority of Roman-appointed political and religious leaders in Judaism, but not by thousands of living stones amongst the Jewish people. As that tiny Psalm says, “Oh, praise the Lord. ALL YOU GENTILES!” We non-Jews are also living stones in God’s spiritual house.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
O Lord God, I praise You, laud You, and give thanks to You. I pray that “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord” (118:17). “You are my God, and I will praise You! You are my God and I will exalt You” (118:28). I do this through the Person and work of “the Chief Cornerstone,” the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
At the wedding of our second daughter, Ellen, to Nizar Shaheen in the village of Cana of Galilee, the women from the village raised their voices in very loud high-pitched tongue shrill sounds. It’s called “ululation” (click here for a sample). If it wasn’t so early in the morning, and if my visiting son David Reynold and his wife Kathy weren’t sleeping in the next room, I’d give it a try right now. I understand that this sound is what the word translated “laud” from the Hebrew, implies in our worship of God. Pictured above is an Arab Bedouin tent home. I can guarantee that the people who live at the foot of Mount Nebo know how to “laud,” or ululate. The women at the wedding were lauding God for marriage, for vegetables, meat and other blessings!
Also I have had the honour of visiting many First Nations communities over the years. Again and again I’ve heard Chiefs, like my dear friend, the late Grand Chief Billy Diamond of the Quebec Crees, testify to the glory of the One they love to worship, whom they refer to as their “Chief Cornerstone,” Jesus, their Saviour and Lord! I’m feeling rather emotional just now as I think of Billy (click here for a news article about Billy). Tomorrow, God willing, I’ll tell just one of my stories about this man who truly was a great Chief!
Yours because “His mercy endures forever!”