Psalm 118: Hymn of Thanksgiving

I chose to focus on Psalm 118 this week for two reasons: The first is that a significant portion of this excerpt focuses on fighting for our Lord. It mentions how we can defeat any kind of evil through Jesus Christ. This reminded me that having faith and being active in our faith lives is not only about learning and memorizing rules and Scripture, but also fighting in the name of Love. As Pope Francis has shown us in such a short time, we must rise up and live of faith as well as study it.

The second is given in its title “Hymn of Thanksgiving.” Frankly, I am not very chatty when it comes to my prayer life. A lot of the times when I pray I just sit there and say, “… God I don’t really know what to say, but I just want to be with you right now … I guess what I’m trying to tell you is thank you and I love you …” Looking back, the phrase that I have used the most in my prayers is “thank you.” Thank you Jesus for this food. Thank you God for such a wonderful and challenging day. Thank you Daddy for loving me even when I hurt you.

I. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
his mercy endures forever.
Let Israel say:
his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Aaron say,
his mercy endures forever.
Let those who fear the Lord say,
his mercy endures forever.

II. In danger I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is with me; I am not afraid;
what can mortals do against me?
The Lord is with me as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on my foes.
Better to take refuge in the Lord
than to put one’s trust in mortals.
Better to take refuge in the Lord
than to put one’s trust in princes.

III. All the nation surrounded me;
in the Lord’s name I cut them off.
They surrounded me on every side;
in the Lord’s name I cut them off.
They surrounded me like bees;
they burned up like fire among thorns;
in the Lord’s name I cut them off.
I was hard pressed and falling,
but the Lord came to my help.
The Lord, my strength and might,
has become my savior.

IV. The joyful shout of deliverance
is heard in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand works valiantly;
the Lord’s right hand is raised;
the Lord’s right hand works valiantly.”
I shall not die but live
and declare the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord chastised me harshly,
but did not hand me over to death.

V. Open the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and thank you Lord.
This is the Lord’s own gate,
through it the righteous enter.
I thank you for you answered me;
you have been my savior.
The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the Lord has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice in it and be glad.
Lord, grant salvation!
Lord, grant good fortune!

VI. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
the Lord is God and has enlightened us.
Join in procession with leafy branches
up to the horns of the altar.

VII. You are my God, I give you thanks;
my God, I offer you praise.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
his mercy endures forever.

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