Psalm 118 is like a biblical greatest hits playlist; it contains many lines we sing or pray in worship. Beginning at the first verse, “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,” this great psalm contains words and images that teach and inspire us.

The image of the stone the builders reject is so relevant to the life of Christ that it is referenced in three places in the New Testament: Matthew 21:42 as Jesus cleanses the Temple, Acts 4:11 as Peter gives bold testimony, and 1 Peter 2:7 where the author calls Christ a “living stone” and calls believers to become temples that reflect the holiness of Christ the cornerstone.

“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,” an affirmation of hope and longing the crowd repeats on Palm Sunday, is one we often repeat in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Parts of Psalm 118 might remind us of our own spiritual journey. You might remember times you have thanked God for the goodness that has brought you through trials, blessed you, or enriched your family life. Or you might feel connected to the cornerstone imagery as you remember times you have felt rejected or misunderstood and have held fast to the realization that Christ—while rejected by some—is truly the cornerstone, the point on which everything in heaven and on earth comes together. You might remember times in worship when you have felt moved to praise the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Review those moments from your experience alongside this psalm. Ask yourself when or where you might have been the one speaking these words in hope or in faith, in doubt or in comfort.

Christ our cornerstone, blessed are you. May we know you as the rock of our salvation, the cornerstone of our faith, in whom our trust is always secure. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
April 8–14, 2019
Scripture Overview

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Psalm 118 is a song of rejoicing, yet it also includes the prophecy that the cornerstone must experience rejection. Isaiah speaks of physical suffering, of being beaten, disgraced, and spat on. We see elements of this in the Gospel reading, where Luke describes the final moments of Jesus’ life. Bloodied and beaten, Jesus hangs on the cross and breathes his last. In Philippians, Paul places this drama within the eternal narrative of God’s redeeming work. Jesus leaves his rightful place and becomes flesh. He experiences pain and suffering, even the most humiliating form of death, crucifixion. Jesus can empathize with our suffering because he has suffered. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Isaiah 50:4-9a. How does the Suffering Servant speak to your life today?
Read Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. How do you hear differently the familiar verses of this psalm when you read them together?
Read Philippians 2:5-11. Do you find it paradoxical to live as a beloved child of God and as a servant? If so, how do you live in this paradox?
Read Luke 19:28-40. How do you experience the extreme emotional highs and lows of Palm Sunday and Holy Week, even knowing how it will all turn out?

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