On Palm Sunday we wave palm branches and hail Jesus as King as he enters Jerusalem on the week of his torture, crucifixion and resurrection, just as pilgrims did those many years ago.
People sang hymns and quoted ancient Scriptures. One of them was Psalm 118. In fact, Jesus and his disciples would have sang it at the end of their Passover meal. When he entered Jerusalem the quoted directed from it’s verses and alluded to others.
In some ways it is vague; it’s hard to be sure what it was originally used for. But one thing isn’t vague: it proclaims the steadfast love of the Lord which endures forever — a powerful confession of faith and trust which helped pilgrims then (and now) to see the sustaining love of God through the massive ups and downs of our tumultuous lives.
The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later—and in-depth look at Psalm 118.
I take us through the text, provide some context and background, and try to help us understand it’s significance for those celebrating Jesus as King.
The sermon connected to this same section of text is called “Tradition or Traditionalism?” and can be accessed here.
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