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Summary: This teach us the best way to serve God, the best way to break habits, and over come problem that Satan throw in our path. This sermon will make people better Christians and help them have a more consistent relationship with God .

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Psalms 118: 24

24) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Introduction:

Psalms 118 has no title which tells us who was the writer of this particular Psalmist. The many quotations in the New Testament from Psalms 118 doesn’t give any clues of the writer either. So who wrote it, when was it written, and what was their inspiration, none of this is determined in the history of scripture. There are a few clues which give some idea.

First of all, the Psalms seems to require the existence of a Temple which would rule out the time of the Babylonian exile. Also, the alternation of “I” and “WE” seem to indicate it was written during the time that Kings ruled Israel. The Kings would line out the “I” and the people would respond with “WE”. No King ruled between Zedekiah at the time of exile and a temporary restoration in 160BC according to the Maccabees Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls shows familiarity to the Psalms which means it was not the latter times as well.

So now we fine that the Psalms probably was written during the time of the Temple of Solomon. Jeremiah and Isaiah alludes to the theme of the Psalms. For since the King was a Godly King, then my conclusion is that it was written by or for the King Hezekiah after the Lord had destroyed the Assyrian army before the gates of Jerusalem.

This was considered a “Thanksgiving Psalms” as well as a Prophetic Psalms.

Thanksgiving from Hezekiah for the deliverance of God after being called a fool for trusting God for Israel’s salvation.

It was consider a Prophetic Psalms due to the alluded in v22-v23 concerning the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The reason for his determination to rejoice, becomes simple, where the hand of The Lord had brought him from, and where the hand of The Lord was taking him.

I can rejoice over my past, not because it is beautiful but because He had his hands on me.

I can rejoice for my future because of what He has promised me.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The writer made a decision in Psalms 118: 24.

James 4:13-14

13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

1) Decide This Day To Serve Him

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

How long will you be stuck between the things of the flesh and the thing of the spirit!


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