Verse 24 of this psalm is very familiar: “This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Martin Luther, the great reformer of church life way back in the 16th century, loved this psalm. He said: “This is the psalm that I love…for it has often served me well and has helped me out of great troubles, when neither emperors, kings, wise men, clever men, nor saints could have helped me.”
So this is a great psalm to pray when you feel stressed and you find that there are some people who seem to be against you. Like a big bungee cord, the psalm stretches beyond the negative things in order to reach and cling to God. Once you experience clinging to God, the bungee cord snaps free from the other side and you are one with God!
This is the last of the special psalms from 113 to 118 which have the word “Alleluia” somewhere in them. Jesus prayed this psalm going into the Garden of Gethsemane, about to be betrayed by Judas. Like Luther, like Jesus―may this be a special psalm for you.
Wednesdays are devoted to the reading of the Psalms, one a week across the three-year cycle.
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