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A Song With Purpose

At a wedding when hearing Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March,” we automatically stand, turn our gaze to the back of the church and eagerly seek a glimpse of the bride. Before the first pitch of a baseball game, we expect to hear our national anthem. As soon as the first note is played, we don’t hesitate to stand, remove our hats and scan the stadium for the familiar stars and stripes. Hearing “Happy Birthday” resonating through a restaurant tempts us to join in with the celebration.  In each case, the music is recognizable, has a comforting familiarity and serves a purpose.

Psalm 118 is a song of praise sung by worshippers thanking God for His faithfulness in their lives. Throughout the hymn, the worshippers acknowledge times when they were fearful and in distress; but in each case, they also sing of how they have taken refuge and experienced triumph in the name of the Lord.

David is the likely author of Psalm 118, and like some of the familiar songs of our time, it was written with a purpose.  He did not want the people of Israel to forget their history of peril and distress. More importantly, he did not want them to forget their deliverance from the chains and bondage of their past. Through this song, David reminds the people that God is a mighty God, greater than any enemy or challenge they have ever faced.  He is a loving God who provides refuge for all who are weary and need rest. David wrote this hymn so that generations would sing of the one true God and our salvation through Jesus Christ. We can use this scripture as comfort as it reminds us of God’s faithfulness, strength, and His enduring, eternal love.

Reflect:

  • Do you recall past challenges where God was faithful and delivered you through the difficulty?  Thank Him for His faithfulness.
  • Are there current struggles that you are determined to resolve on your own?  Remember God’s faithfulness in the past and place your trust in Him for today’s problems.

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