Prayer: Father, we praise you, the Rock of our salvation. Grant us grace to understand your Word concerning your Son, in Jesus’ Name, amen.
Violence, intrigue, plots, narrow escapes—
Love, death, hate, heroism—
Utter defeat, reversal of fortune, victory against the odds— —sounds like a novel, a best-seller right off the pulp fiction rack. Actually, it is all in Psalm 118, which is the first focus of our attention in this study. Whoever penned the 118th Psalm knew who his enemies were. He also knew how fortunes could be reversed when the LORD entered the picture. So, he waited, to the point of death. The Psalmist waited as long as the LORD waited. And in the end, the victory was secured.
Psalm 118 presents a powerful image of spiritual warfare. Out of that tapestry come two New Testament quotations of enormous significance—one uttered by the crowd on Palm Sunday and the other cited by Jesus in His debates in the Temple.