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Daily Psalm 118 cont.  NLT

His faithful love endures forever!
15 Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!  
16 The strong right arm of the LORD is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the LORD has done glorious things!  
17 I will not die, but I will live to tell what the LORD has done.  
18 The LORD has punished me severely, but he has not handed me over to death.  
19 Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the LORD.  
20 Those gates lead to the presence of the LORD, and the godly enter there.  
21 I thank you for answering my prayer and saving me!
22 The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.  
23 This is the LORD's doing, and it is marvelous to see. 24 This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.  
25 Please, LORD, please save us. Please, LORD, please give us success.  
26 Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.  
27 The LORD is God, shining upon us. Bring forward the sacrifice and put it on the altar.  
28 You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you!  
29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.  

If you take a step forward from the psalmist's time to ours, you can see that this psalm describes the victory Christ won for us over death and hell.

The gates where the righteous enter have now been opened to those in Christ Jesus (v. 19). We have open access to the presence of God (v. 20).

In verses 21 - 27 we see a prophesy of the coming Messiah. Jesus quoted verses 22-23 speaking of Himself as rejected by the Jews Check it out in Matthew 21:33-46. Verse 26 was also quoted in the New Testament when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the donkey to the praise and adoration of the people.

You can see that God has had a plan of redemption for those who will believe on His Son from the very beginning. This can bring us great comfort!

Thank you, God, that You have known me from the foundation of the earth. Before I was even born my days were all numbered. Thank you for sending Your Son to save me!