Psalm 117 may be short, but its message makes you think – great love, enduring faithfulness! What a wonderful character reference he gives the Lord in this testimony.
“I shall not die, but I shall live,” 118 v17
What a truth and hope we can grip onto!
The thief who at first mocked then in the span of a few short hours turned from his sin – He heard this truth first-hand from Jesus!
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Oh what a hope, what a Saviour, what a King!
“Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.” v19
We can rejoice with the thief, saved in Jesus, His righteousness in the place of our brokenness. He is the straight gate, through which we walk the narrow way!
And it is Jesus spoken clearly of again in Psalm 118.
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
Our King, Commander of the Lord’s Armies, Rider on the White Horse – He is the stone that the builders rejected. Isaiah 53 expands on the contempt with which Jesus endured, and Jesus quotes this in one of His sermons (Matt 21).
“I SHALL NOT DIE, BUT I SHALL LIVE,”
In Jesus (and Him alone) we have this hope.
In Jesus we will be raised to life on that final day.
In Jesus we see God’s love expressed in such a way as to defeat death so that His people could live!
Praise God, for His steadfast love endures forever. Amen to this!
It is an ever true reality, God’s steadfast love. It has no half-life, no timeframe, no beginning or end.
God’s love for us is STEADFAST and it ENDURES FOREVER.
And because of it we will not see death, we will live!
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!