All Praise and Thanks


From a psalm I believe written by King David, seven short verses which have been a part of the claims of Jesus as Messiah as well as key verses for the church in general.


The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. I’m sure David was writing this during one of his many trials, but it powerfully came to be used in waiting for the Jewish Messiah during their Passover traditions, as well as quoted by Jesus to some religious leaders – “Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? ‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.’ I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on. ”” Matthew‬ ‭21:42-44‬ ‭NLT‬‬. Isaiah also referred to a stone in referencing Messiah in two different places – “He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. Many will stumble and fall, never to rise again. They will be snared and captured.”” Isaiah‬ ‭8:14-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬. Also – “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.” Isaiah‬ ‭28:16‬ ‭NLT. A cornerstone that we can stumble over, or a cornerstone so strong that if we just believe, we never need to be shaken. The cornerstone on which the entire church of Christ was started, the cornerstone which holds the faith and hope of millions.


This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Amen! This probably referred to a specific day when written, a day when the king was delivered from his enemies. A day when, by extension, God saved Israel. We use this verse today as everyday, this is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!! Every day is a day He delivers us from our own sin and death. Every day is very simply a gift from God, made by God, to be lived for God!!
Please, LORD, please save us. Please, LORD, please give us success. Just, please Lord! You have not because you ask not! I think in some way we might pray these short prayers every day.
Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD. Used by the crowds as Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. “Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Praise God in highest heaven!”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭21:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬. This was also referenced by Jesus personally as He grieved over Jerusalem – ““O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭NLT‬. It just occurred to me this was fulfilled at His triumphal entry just referenced.

We bless you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, shining upon us. Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
All blessings come from God, even His ultimate sacrifice given through His son. Now the sacrifice is given through the bread and wine at the altar.

You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.  
Praise and exalt God for all He has done! Give thanks, because God is good all the time, all the time God is good. His faithful love endures forever. It endures through our good times and and bad. When we’ve been faithful, or unfaithful. Through our times when we feel spiritually rich, and our times when we are out in the desert somewhere, His love never ceases.
A powerful seven verses. Read together, a powerful prayer. Better than any prayer I’ve ever prayed. Giving praise to the rejected cornerstone, the sacrificed Abel who overcame all the Cain’s in the world. Praise to the sacrifice raised on the third day, the sin sacrifice rejected by God because He desires mercy, not sacrifice. Praise not just to the year of mercy, but 2000 years of mercy. If Christ, and therefore Christianity, is not about mercy and forgiveness, the He’s about nothing at all.
All praise to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ!!

“The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Please, LORD, please save us. Please, LORD, please give us success. Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD. The LORD is God, shining upon us. Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar. You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you! Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:22-29‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/psa.118.22-29.nlt

John Lewis

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9 thoughts on “All Praise and Thanks

  1. I very much appreciate this post. thank you for this, in fact I think you have opened up a view of God’s story and purpose I have not known before. I need time to process… but will likely develop a thoughtful reaction over time.

    you helped me with this. I am blessed.

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