Exulting In Confidence, Triumph, And Joy-Psalm 118

You pushed me hard to make me fall, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. There are shouts of joy and victory in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand strikes with power! The Lord’s right hand is raised! The Lord’s right hand strikes with power!” (vv. 13—16).

The psalmist is down for the count! Heathen nations swarm around him like bees, ready to crush and destroy. They have pushed him back until he is ready to fall.

The mighty conjunction but signals a dramatic change. “But the Lord helped me” (v. 13). Three times this psalmist has called on the name of the Lord. The Lord’s response is to “cut them off.” The Hebrew terminology is pretty graphic here. “Cut them off” means to “circumcise them” (vv. 10-12). Our Lord is not namby-pamby nor squeamish in dealing with evil. Now the shouts of victory can resound throughout the “tents of the righteous” (v. 15).

A hard-won battle isn’t something you can keep to yourself! It’s natural to exclaim and exult when a victory is won. This ancient colleague grows eloquent in his praise: “The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation” (v. 14). I felt much the same way when I wrote “Jesus Is My Music!”

Personal Prayer

Lord, help me to go forth in your name. You are my strength, my salvation and my song!

A Contemporary Lyric

Jesus Is My Music

My life was out of tune and happiness eluded me,

My life was dissonant and missing inner harmony;

But then I met the Savior and received His gift of grace,

And now my heart sings melody.

Jesus is my music, Jesus is my song,

Jesus is my music, I want to sing His praises all day long.

Words and music by Don Wytzen © 1978 by Singspiration.

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