Psalm 118:22-24 (New Living Translation) – The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
In Bibles commonly used by Protestant Christians, there are 594 chapters before Psalm 118, and 594 chapters after it. Psalm 118 is considered to be at the middle of Protestant versions of the Bible. The shortest Psalm is Psalm 117, and the longest is Psalm 119. What has Psalm 118 got to say to us that is unique?
The crowd chanted verse 26 “Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD”, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (see Matthew 21:9); and shortly after Jesus quotes verse 22 “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone”, to the Pharisees in defence of his ministry (see Matthew 21:42).
Verse 24 says “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” It is a prophetic verse that looked forward to the coming of the Messiah, and the impact this will have on all humanity. Throughout the Old Testament, God promised believers that a day will come when they will live again in a new better world.
The death and RESURRECTION of Jesus is PROOF that God will keep this promise of a new and better life to all who believe in him. The coming of Jesus to earth is therefore “the day the LORD made for us to rejoice and be glad”, because it is the day God’s promised salvation went from a mere promise to a true fact.
Psalm 118 unique message when it was written in Old Testament times, was that the Messiah will come; the New Testament is proof that the Messiah has come. Let us therefore join the writer of Psalm 118:1 in declaring “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever”, Amen!