A Favorite Psalm

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The psalm stretches to God beyond the grasp of enemies. This made it the favorite of Martin Luther. As a lover of sacred music, Luther must have found solace recalling our Israelite ancestors and the festival marches to Zion, the hill where Jerusalem rests. Jesus sung this and the other Hallel psalms (113–118) while going from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane. As did Jesus, Luther knew how many and great were the adversaries against him as the vision of a more pure church gripped his entire being. He writes, “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” (Quoted by Kittel, Die Psalmen, p. 371).

Psalm 118 is the traditional psalm for Easter. The sun on that day the Lord made has never set!

Psalm 118

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We continue to read the Psalms in numerical order.

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