Trust in God Brings Strength Psa 118:1-14
It is generally agreed that this psalm dates back to the restoration from Babylon. It was probably used as a processional hymn for the first time at the great Feast of Tabernacles mentioned in Neh 8:13-18 . The structure of the psalm is as follows: Psa 118:1-4 , the summons of the full choir to the constituent parts of the procession; Psa 118:5-14 , the song of the soloist; Psa 118:15-16 , the answer of the choir; Psa 118:17-19 , the soloist. At this point the procession reaches the Temple gates. Psa 118:20 is the response of priests and Levites, the custodians of the sacred edifice, who lay stress on the character of those who tread its courts. Psa 118:21 , the soloist; Psa 118:22-27 , the full chorus; Psa 118:28 , the soloist; Psa 118:29 , the concluding doxology.
Luther says of this psalm: “This is mine, the one which I love.” As it was included in the great Hallel we infer that our Lord sang it as He went forth to die, Mat 26:30 . It will be sung once more on that coming day for which we wait. See Isa 25:9 ; Mat 23:39 . When we identify ourselves with God’s great cause, we may absolutely count on God as our strength in the conflict, and our song in assured victory.