In danger I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. The LORD is with me; I am not afraid; what can mortals do against me? Psalms 118:5-6 NABRE
Psalms 113-118 collectively are known as the Hallel (praise.) They are typically recited in the liturgies for the Passover as well as other festivals in the Hebrew calendar. They include themes essential to Jewish faith. They include the exodus from Egypt, the splitting of the sea, the revelation on Mount Sinai, as well as future events; resurrection of the dead and the advent of a Messiah. Psalm 118 has two levels of meaning, 1) David’s relief at the death of King Saul, who pursued him relentlessly. David would envision many wonderful enhancements he would make for the kingdom as he ascended the throne. 2) The joy which Israel will experience at the final redemption, Israel will return to its former glory. God’s kindness will endure forever! In the quoted verse David is recognizing that when Saul pursued him he was restricted but whenever he called on God, God answered and provided an avenue of relief and set him free. David goes on to explain nothing can tear him away from God. What threat can man impose when he is fortified by the omnipotent God? Humans derive their strength from God, if God has not ordained their death how can any adversary destroy them? We have seen this reflected another way in scripture. Psalms 33:16 says, “a king is not saved by his great army.“
The faith of David is shown as an absolute in this psalm. David puts all his trust in God and our reading of the psalm should challenge us to do that same. If God is for us who can be against us? Therefore seeking and doing the will of God is paramount and will lead to a life secure and joyful.
How strong is your faith in God? Do you have the conviction of David in your life?David puts all his trust in God and our reading of the psalm should challenge us to do that same. If God is for us who can be against us? Click To Tweet
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