Day 24: Tuesday, 24 March – Adar 28 5780
I praise the LORD for answering my prayers and saving me. The stone that the builders tossed aside has now become the most important stone. The LORD has done this, and it is amazing to us. This day belongs to the LORD! Let's celebrate and be glad today. We'll ask the LORD to save us! We'll sincerely ask the LORD to let us win.
God bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD! We praise you from here in the house of the LORD. The LORD is our God, and he has given us light! Start the celebration! March with palm branches all the way to the altar.
There’s a sense of excitement that permeates through to the reader, and certainly from the reciter – go on, shout out the words, wake the neighbours! Can you imagine starting your day with these words?
The psalmist has made it to Jerusalem and is standing in the Temple itself, Mount Zion, the holiest place on earth.
Can you also sense the prophetic nature of this psalm? The stone that the builders rejected is a phrase picked up by Matthew, Mark, Luke and Peter (speaking) and Peter (writing). Jesus Christ uses Psalm 118 in reference to himself – people at the time may have wondered what he was talking about. In his death he was rejected by his people but now he is the corner-stone of our faith.
Palm branches are used in the pilgrimage festival of Sukkot, or Tabernacles.
Do you have a place you treat as holy?
How do you assess the effectiveness of your prayer life against verse 21 above?
How many days of your life do you start with words like these above?
Father God, the veil of the Temple was torn for us so that we all may enter the Holy Place, not through the one place in Jerusalem, but through Jesus himself. Your call to pilgrimage is now a call to Jesus. Amen.
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.