Thursday, April 6, 2017
Give Thanks a Reflection on Psalm 118:19-23
We also read portions of Psalm 118 on Palm Sunday. Luke's gospel may not have mentioned palms, but we did have branches at least in the psalm.
On Palm Sunday, we read this psalm that describes the reaction to the people when the king returned victorious from battle. We read them now in the week after Easter again grateful to God for the victory of our king.
The Lord is my strength and might; he has become my salvation.
We acclaim the victory, yes, but we also recognize what impact that victory has on us--how we are to live now.
I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.
We wouldn't need victory if we didn't already know rejection, but our lives have both. In Eastertide, we don't have to pretend that our lives haven't had and don't have grave difficulties. But, in Eastertide, as well as the rest of the year, we can remember and be thankful what the Lord has done and continues to do for us.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.