April 6, Reading 2 – Psalm 117, 118

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SAA Notes

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.

SJA Notes

“I shall not die, but I shall live,”

What a deep truth we read here!

One of the two thieves who were crucified with our Lord, the one 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 them and give thanks to the LORD.”

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 in today’s passage,

“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.

This idea is dwelt on in Isaiah chapter 53 – The contempt that God in the person of the Son endured. Jesus quotes this in one of His sermons (read Matthew 21).

I SHALL NOT DIE, BUT I SHALL LIVE.

In Jesus, Him 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!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Mighty God,

We praise You – For Your steadfast love that endures forever.

Thank You that Your love has no timeframe, no half-life, no end to it.

Your Love is steadfast and endures forever – Thank You God!

Amen.

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