Daily Bible Reading

November 18, 2023

Psalm 118(GNT)

God’s Saving Word: Praise and Thanksgiving


Psalm 118: It is thought that this psalm was adapted from a prayer of thanksgiving by an individual, perhaps a king, who was delivered by God from danger. It is sometimes entitled “A Song of Victory.” The psalm concludes with a description of a liturgical procession and an affirmation of God’s eternal love.

Scripture Reading

118 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good,
    and his love is eternal.
Let the people of Israel say,
    “His love is eternal.”
Let the priests of God say,
    “His love is eternal.”
Let all who worship him say,
    “His love is eternal.”

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    he answered me and set me free.
The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid;
    what can anyone do to me?
It is the Lord who helps me,
    and I will see my enemies defeated.
It is better to trust in the Lord
    than to depend on people.
It is better to trust in the Lord
    than to depend on human leaders.

10 Many enemies were around me;
    but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord!
11 They were around me on every side;
    but I destroyed them by the power of the Lord!
12 They swarmed around me like bees,
    but they burned out as quickly as a brush fire;
    by the power of the Lord I destroyed them.
13 I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord makes me powerful and strong;
    he has saved me.

15 Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God’s people:
    “The Lord’s mighty power has done it!
16     His power has brought us victory—
    his mighty power in battle!”

17 I will not die; instead, I will live
    and proclaim what the Lord has done.
18 He has punished me severely,
    but he has not let me die.

19 Open to me the gates of the Temple;
    I will go in and give thanks to the Lord!

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
    only the righteous can come in.

21 I praise you, Lord, because you heard me,
    because you have given me victory.

22 The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
    turned out to be the most important of all.
23 This was done by the Lord;
    what a wonderful sight it is!
24 This is the day of the Lord’s victory;
    let us be happy, let us celebrate!
25 Save us, Lord, save us!
    Give us success, O Lord!

26 May God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
    From the Temple of the Lord we bless you.
27 The Lord is God; he has been good to us.
With branches in your hands, start the festival
    and march around the altar.

28 You are my God, and I give you thanks;
    I will proclaim your greatness.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good,
    and his love is eternal.

Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 118:28

You are my God, and I give you thanks; I will proclaim your greatness.


The opening and closing verses of this psalm are identical and affirm God’s goodness and enduring love. For what is the writer thankful? What verses speak of God’s deliverance? The psalm also includes a reference to a procession (verses 19-27). Have you ever participated in a religious procession? If so, what was the occasion and where did it take place?


Praise to you, Lord God! You are always with me and I need not fear. You are mighty and victorious. I give thanks to you because you are good and your love is eternal. You are my God and I will proclaim your greatness. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Psalm 128: A psalm of blessing.

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