Friday, August 13, 2010

Psalm 118

1 Oh, give thanks to YHWH, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
2 Let Israel now say,
"His mercy endures forever."
3 Let the house of Aaron now say,
"His mercy endures forever."
4 Let those who fear YHWH now say,
"His mercy endures forever."

Because I know You, I love You, My God. Because I know You, how can I not fear You? And because I know You, I do not hesitate to declare, "Oh, give thanks to YHWH, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."

5 I called on YAH in distress;
YAH answered me and set me in a broad place.
6 YHWH is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?

How could I have known that the rough winds I thought to be a storm merely portended the fierce gales to follow? Would I have clung to You more tightly?

7 YHWH is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
8 It is better to trust in YHWH
Than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in YHWH
Than to put confidence in princes.

No matter. I called to both You and to human help. You were the One to answer. You are the Rock of Ages. You sent human help to comfort when it pleased You.

10 All nations surrounded me,
But in the name of YHWH I will destroy them.
11 They surrounded me,
Yes, they surrounded me;
But in the name of YHWH I will destroy them.
12 They surrounded me like bees;
They were quenched like a fire of thorns;
For in the name of YHWH I will destroy them.
13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall,
But YHWH helped me.

The Enemy's violent thrusts seemed like they would never end. Even now he seems to hover. Though You enabled me to vanquish him he yet watches me in my exhausted weakness. Your name is my strong tower, to which I run and am safe. You make me to know the broad place of salvation.

14 YAH is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation
Is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of YHWH does valiantly.
16 The right hand of YHWH is exalted;
The right hand of YHWH does valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of YAH.

I once thought myself strong. My only strength, my only voice, my only life is in Your strength, Your song, Your right hand. Your Spirit is mighty, my spirit has no might. Yet with whatever breath You give me, YAH, I shall ever declare Your works.

18 YAH has chastened me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I will go through them, And I will praise YAH.
20 This is the gate of the Lord,
Through which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise You, For You have answered me,
And have become my salvation.

I know my great iniquity. I know I myself gave the Enemy his opening. Even so, You do not condemn. Please let me see myself as You do—no worse, no greater—that the gates of righteousness will invite me to dance within them with worthy praise for Your salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This was the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.

You are the only Rock upon which I build. I call upon You, named Wonderful, Majesty, Eminence.

24 This is the day YHWH has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, I pray, O Lord;
O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.

Restore all, my Lord, as pleases You.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.

Let me ever bless Your name, without fail, with my first breath upon rising, with the last breath You lend.

27 God is the Lord,
And He has given us light;
Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

When I would crawl off the altar, hold me fast. Draw my soul to Light even as You slay me, Your living sacrifice.

28 You are my God, and I will praise You;
You are my God, I will exalt You.
29 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Let my life be poured out in praise. If I have found favor in Your sight, let this be my highest privilege, greatest pleasure, and deepest passion: that I exalt the name of my God, ever declaring Your gracious and perpetual mercy.