Psalm 116-18 form our reading and sketching today. Consider doing it like this:
Read Ps. 116 this morning and sketch a corpse.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (116.15)
Read Ps. 117 at mid-day and draw a crowd of people shouting “Praise the Lord!”
“Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” (117.1-2)
Read Ps. 118. this evening and illustrate a cornerstone.
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (118.22-24)
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).