Today, uncommon wisdom speaks to us as thanks is given, invitation made, and a party begun (Psalm 116-118).*
This morning we read Psalm 116 and listen to a joyful one offer up a thanksgiving celebration. As we do so, we’re wisely reminded of something we may not think of often at all:
“The Lord protects the unwary …” (vs. 6)
At noon we read Psalm 117 and give our attention to an excited herald declaring a global invitation. In so doing, something we may take for granted is insight-fully emphasized:
“… extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us …” (vs. 1b-2a)
Tonight we read Psalm 118 and hear an elated king speak in a victory procession. And this is surely so that we might never forget in whom we place our true faith and find our security:
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. … The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” (vs. 8,14)
* Note: Portions of all three of these psalms are quoted in the NT (Ps. 116.10; 117.1; 118.6,22-23,25-26). Jesus’ use of Ps. 118.22-23 is especially striking for the context in which Jesus quotes it (Matt. 21.42; Mk. 12.10-11; Lk. 20.17) is very much like the context of the psalm itself – a king surrounded by enemies that constantly swarm about him like bees (vs. 11-13; cf. Matt. 21.12.15,23,45-46; Mk. 12.12-13,18; Lk. 20.1-2,19-20,27).