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Songs of Praise: Psalm 118

We conclude the week reading Psalm 118. (Click on the link to read the verses.)

Do you see Him? Jesus woven through the words of the Psalmist? Let me show you… connect the Old to the New.

Gates of righteousness give us a glimpse of the Gate, the one who makes us righteous.

Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Psalm 118:19

Jesus is our entrance into the very throne room of God. Only the righteous enter, but not on their own account. It is only by His grace.

I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved.

John 10:9

The Old speaks of salvation…

I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

Psalm 118:21

The New does too…

For God has not destined us for wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:9

And both tell of a rejected stone. One that becomes the cornerstone.

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:19-21

All of the old covenant points to the new. Like signs showing us the way. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the old, but to complete it. And He did you know. His death and resurrection not only made a way for us to enter into His kingdom. It made a way for us to be joined together as the body of Christ, the holy temple of the Lord… the church.

Members of the household of God, yes that’s you. Let’s remember the foundation built in us. Let’s give thanks and pray for our church, its leaders, our pastor as we prepare to worship this Sunday.

Lord, thank You for coming to make the Way for the church, for fulfilling the law we could never fill, for being our righteousness. Remind me You are the only foundation on which to build my life, which is an integral part of Your church.

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