We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
The king with his procession approaches the gate to the temple through which the righteous could enter (verse 20). He gives thanks to God again for the salvation God has given him. In verse 22 there may be a feeling of not being accepted by his peers but reiterates that he knows the Lord has accepted him and placed him in a place of privilege (the capstone was a vital part of the structure of a building). Again the psalmist glorifies God for what he has done and marvels at his experiences of God’s grace. He asks the Lord to go on granting success and acknowledges the blessedness of “coming in the Name of the Lord“.
Is this a prequel picture of Jesus coming in triumph approved by all who saw him as he rode into Jerusalem. As the king did here and as the people did on the first “Palm Sunday” may we also lift up God’s name, continue to thank him for his salvation, for his goodness and his love. Public processions have continued down the centuries to witness to God’s involvement with and his love for us. In the eighties and nineties many were held in our towns and cities with banners and singing praise to God. On Good Friday some still have a gathering of Christians from the local churches who walk through their towns before going in to their churches.
Loving Father, thank you for your love and salvation which goes on forever. Help me to remember always what you have done through the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.