To skip over the shortest Psalm would be foolishness. Psalm 117, the shortest psalm, surrounds Psalm 118 with Psalm 119, the longest one. Psalm 117 is directive, hopeful and praise worthy. In all the joys and druthers of life, God is worthy of praise. Considering the redemption found only in the Lord Jesus motivates thankfulness to praise Him. Worshipping Him motivates your heart to lift your eyes heavenward for hope. Singing transforms your life to praise instead of self-pity. Then we slide into Psalm 118 with so many wonderful life-transforming principles. The middle verse of the Bible is 118:8. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Ps. 118:8) Wow! Better to go God’s way, than man’s way. Better to rejoice in what God has given, than what I do not have. Better to wait upon the Lord, than press ahead in human thinking. Better to have the Lord’s doing, than whatever man might do. This was the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. (Ps. 118:23). Life circumstances may not be what I want, but it is what the Lord is doing, or is allowing to be done. It is marvelous, wonderful, hard to understand, different. Lord, Your way is best. Lord, I will trust You and not man. Lord, may You have Your way in my life. Help me to get out of the way and let Your Spirit direct me to accomplish Your will.
Do you, like me, ever get in God’s way of doing His perfect will? How do you know how to let Him do His will rather than what you want to do? Either you do the wrong thing in anger or worry. Or, you often don’t do the right thing, because of fear or indifference.
What are your thoughts? May the Lord bless you!