Today From Psalms
Psalm 118 begins and ends with the same thought. “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.” We have many reasons to give God thanks.
Verse 5 gives one reason to give God thanks. “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.” The distress could be anything which presses tightly upon us. Job 5:7 says: “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” The blessing of Psalm 118:5 is that if we call upon the Lord in any distressful situation, He will hear us. Not only will God hear us but then set us in a large place. One way to think of this “large place” is to think of the word “liberty.” God will give me liberty so the distress does not destroy me.
How can the psalmist say this so confidently? “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.” (verse 6)
As long as we know God is for us we need not fear. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
With this confidence the psalmist now asks: “what can man do unto me?”
No matter the distress he can say with confidence “The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.” (Verse 14)
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”