Psalm 118: Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!

Reposted from Pr. Flamme:

(29 verses, 1:29 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”


  • God’s people give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love (1-4).
  • The Lord is the refuge of his saints (5-9).
  • The Lord’s enemies are cut off according to his name (10-16).
  • The Lord grants eternal life (17-18).
  • Prophesy of Christ’s triumphal entry, suffering, and exultation (19-24).
  • A prayer for Christ’s salvation and confession of his blessedness (25-26).
  • The saints sing a final thanksgiving for Christ’s work of redemption which is the Lord’s steadfast love (27-29).


  • This beautiful psalm gives words of praise and thanksgiving for God’s love which comes only through Jesus’ holy work of saving us from sin and death. Especially wonderful are the promises that were fulfilled at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (vs. 19, 25, 26), and the verse 22 that summarizes both his humiliation and exultation for our sake.
  • Luther writes concerning verse 22, “In this verse before us the psalmist summarizes the sufferings and resurrection of Christ. By using the word “rejected” he indicates the suffering, death, disgrace, and reproach to which Christ was subjected. By using “the chief Cornerstone” he indicates his resurrection, life, and eternal dominion” (LW 14:96).


  • As the psalmist prayed, as the throngs gathered around Jerusalem’s gates on Palm Sunday prayed, so we also pray in the divine service. “Save us, we pray, O Lord!” The Lord hears our prayer and grants us his body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. By faith in Jesus’ Word, we are fitted into his mystical body, the Holy Christian Church, where he reigns in mercy forever as the Cornerstone that the builders had rejected. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

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