Psalm 118: Victory Song

What can we say to people who don’t recognize God as their great benefactor?

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Psalm 118:1–2 Give glory to God, for he is our great benefactor, whose kindness endures forever. Let God’s people say, “His lovingkindness will never cease.”
King James
Psalm 118:1–2 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

What qualifies us to be a “minister” of the truth?

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Psalm 118:3–4 Let the ministers proclaim the truth: “His lovingkindness will continue forever.” Let all who revere the Lord say, “His lovingkindness is eternal.”
King James
Psalm 118:3–4 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

What value does our belief that God will bring a solution to our problems affect the result of our prayers?

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Psalm 118:5 I was in deep trouble when I prayed, but the Lord answered and my problems disappeared.
King James
Psalm 118:5 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.

Why do Christians sometimes fear what people will do to them?

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Psalm 118:6–7 If the Lord is on my side, I have no reason to fear. What can people do to me? With the Lord backing me, my victory is certain.
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Psalm 118:6–7 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

How does trusting people compare to trusting God?

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Psalm 118:8–9 Trusting the Lord is better than trusting people. Confidence in noble people isn’t as good as trusting the Lord.
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Psalm 118:8–9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

In what ways can God bring the victory?

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Genesis 50:20 You intended to injure me, but God allowed your wrongdoing for a good purpose, to save all the people you see alive today.
1 Samuel 14:6 “Come,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “let’s cross over to the camp of the uncircumcised Philistines and see what God will do. He can win the battle with many or with just a few.”
Psalm 118:10–11 People threatened me from all directions, but under the Lord’s direction and authority, I defeated them. They surrounded me, leaving no way to escape, but the Lord led me to victory.
King James
Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
1 Samuel 14:6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.
Psalm 118:10–11 All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. 11 They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

Is there any limit to what God can do for us? Why??

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Psalm 118:12–13 Although they swarmed me like bees, the power of the Lord quickly consumed them, like brush on fire. Their fierce attacks would have brought my downfall, but the Lord lifted me up.
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Psalm 118:12–13 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me.

How do we make the Lord our source of strength?

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Psalm 118:14 The Lord is my source of strength, my reason for joyful singing, because he is my deliverer.
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Psalm 118:14 The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

What are the “mighty deeds’ we should be thankful for?

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Psalm 118:15–17 Shouts of joy and victory live with the righteous. The Lord is powerful in battle. God’s strong right hand is raised high in victory, for he has fought valiantly.
He saved me from death, and now I live to proclaim his mighty deeds.
King James
Psalm 118:15–17 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

Do we learn more from painful lessons or pleasure? Why?

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Psalm 118:18 The Lord has taught me painful lessons, but he didn’t let me die.
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Psalm 118:18 The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.

What might tempt us to do something other than what is right?

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Psalm 118:19–20 Open wide the doors to doing all that is right, Lord, and I will walk through, following your direction, praising you. The Lord is the door of righteousness, and we enter through him.
King James
Psalm 118:19–20 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.

How soon should we expect our prayers to be answered?

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Psalm 118:21 I praise you, Lord, for you have answered my prayers and delivered me.
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Psalm 118:21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

How can a rejected stone become a cornerstone?

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Psalm 118:22–23 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. God has done this, and it is a wonderful sight to behold.
Acts 4:11 As the song says so well, Give glory to God, for he is our great benefactor, whose kindness endures forever. The stone that the builders have rejected has become the cornerstone.
1 Peter 2:4 Come to Jesus Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple, rejected by people but chosen by God for his excellence.
King James
Psalm 118:22–23 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

To what extent might God be involved in calamities?

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Psalm 118:24 Today didn’t just happen, but God has caused it to be. Therefore, we will be happy and rejoice.
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Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

What is the nature of “success’ when God is not the source?

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Psalm 118:25 Let it be a great day, Lord. Be the source of our success.
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Psalm 118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

What does it mean to come “in the name of the Lord”?

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Psalm 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From your house, we bless you.
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Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

If God lights our path, why do people stumble?

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Psalm 118:27 God is the Lord, who lights our path to show the way. Celebrate the sacrifice all the way to the altar.
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Psalm 118:27 God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

What is the difference between professing who God is and knowing him?

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Psalm 118:28–29 You’re my God, and I praise you. I extol you for your greatness.
Tell the Lord how grateful you are, for he is good. His lovingkindness will never fade.
King James
Psalm 118:28–29 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.