Summary: Psalm 118 - THE LORD HAS BECOME MY SALVATION. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: PSALM 118
Ill: If you think your family has problems,
• Consider the marriage mayhem created when 76-year-old Bill Baker of London;
• Recently wed Edna Harvey.
• She happened to be his granddaughter’s husband’s mother.
• That’s where the confusion began, according to Baker’s granddaughter, Lynn.
• “My mother-in-law is now my step-grandmother.
• My grandfather is now my stepfather-in-law.
• My mom is my sister-in-law and my brother is my nephew.
• But even crazier is that I’m now married to my uncle & my own children are my cousins.”
In many ways Psalm 118 is a confusing Psalm;
• The structure of this Psalm is complex and not very obvious:
• As we look at it you will notice that it does not fit into a nice neat outline.
(A). Background to the Psalm:
(1). Unknown writer and setting.
• William Phelps taught English literature at Yale for forty-one years;
• Until his retirement in 1933.
• Marking an examination paper shortly before Christmas one year,
• Phelps came across the note: "God only knows the answer to this question. Merry Christmas”
• Phelps returned the paper with this note:
• "God gets an A. You get an F. Happy New Year”
We are not sure who wrote it:
• Or exactly what the background setting was when it was written.
• Quote: “Many writers only one author”.
• Not knowing who the human author was;
• Is also a hindrance to interpreting the events that this psalm describes.
The Psalm is a strange mix:
• It seems to require different readers at different points,
• It moves from the singular, the individual; to plural, to collective elements.
• Its content is also mixed,
• Using imagery from both a battle and the temple.
• The most satisfactory or simplistic background for the psalm,
• Is to say it is connected to a time when the Lord had given victory to his people.
(2). It is a HALLEL PSALM.
• Six of the Psalms (numbers 113 to 118):
• Form what is called the Egyptian Hallel,
• These six psalms are called this;
• Because they celebrate the Children of Israel's deliverance from Egypt.
• These six psalms were sung at the three great Jewish feasts,
• The Passover, Pentecost, and Booths or Tabernacles.
• At Passover it was song or chanted when the Passover lambs were offered,
• And later at home over the Passover meal.
• This Psalm is very likely the hymn Jesus song after he instituted the Lord's supper.
• Matthew 26:30: "When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives ".
• We are used to reading that Jesus preached and taught or served or prayed;
• But this is the only time in the gospel records where we find Jesus singing.
(3). THE THEME OF THE PSALM IS FOUND IN Vs 6:
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”
• Unlike the Psalmist we might read that verse and think;