Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23
This is an Easter song that marks
the procession of the pilgrims going up
to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles.
The Psalm begins with a call to praise
that starts the procession.
“Give thanks to the Lord …
whose love endures forever.”
The procession sings a hymn
of thanksgiving along the way.
Israel is continuously put to the test,
humbled and then delivered.
In so doing Israel discovers its calling
to be a people of God
and to bear witness to the nations.
Jesus makes this calling his own,
and in the Psalm we read in advance
of the mystery of Christ,
who is rejected and then exalted,
and who becomes the foundation stone
of the new People of God --
“I shall not die, but live.
And declare the works of the Lord.”
As the psalmist says, “The right hand
of the Lord has struck with power;
the right hand of the Lord is exalted.”
Our days of mocking our Savior are over;
we no longer hurl insults at him.
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.”
Our savior has risen.
“By the Lord has this been done;
It is wonderful in our eyes.”
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our Response is, "This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad." On this Easter Sunday,
explain what is the basis of your joy and gladness and how your
life is affected by our exalted Savior.
2. Our Lord, rejected by the 'builders' of his time,
has become the 'cornerstone' of our lives. What does it mean
to you to build your faith on the resurrection of Jesus?