Make a hot drink, settle into a comfy chair and take some time to read through the following devotion that Pastor Milton has written for you…
You might like to start with this prayer:
God – it is good to spend time with you. Calm my thoughts. Help me to hear you. Thank you for coming into my life in this moment. Amen
Jesus – my strength and my salvation!
Read through this verse slowly. Pause and read it again.
Stay with it for a moment. What stands out to you?
The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14).
We are celebrating Easter. Celebrating the day that Jesus rose from the dead. Celebrating the victory that Jesus has won for us through his resurrection from the dead.
This Easter, we hear God speak to us through Psalm 118. Psalm 118 has verses of lament! It also has verses of deliverance! The verses that we want to focus on as we celebrate Easter are verses of praise!
Psalm 118 begins with these well-known words of praise! O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 118:1). The psalmist is inviting everyone to give thanks to God. Why? Because the Lord is good. God shows his goodness through his love. His love which is never-ending.
We thank God that: The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14). The psalmist has endured a time of suffering. The Lord has rescued the psalmist from this time of suffering. The psalmist knows that he couldn’t have been rescued without God’s help.
That is why the psalmist sings about God his liberator in two ways. The Lord is my strength and might… It is God’s strength and might that rescued the psalmist. It is God’s strength and might that raised Jesus from the dead. It is God’s strength and might that has freed us from sin, death and the power of the devil. He has become my salvation! Salvation means being saved from sin and its consequences. Jesus is our saviour who has saved us from sin.
Not only is Jesus my strength and my salvation, he is the chief cornerstone of the church and of my life. The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. (Psalm 118:22). As God’s saved free people, our desire is to build our lives on Jesus, the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. (Psalm 118:23). We thank God for his great rescue operation which culminated in the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24). The day that the Lord has made is a day of help and deliverance. This Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even though this even took place 2000 years ago, it is still just as relevant to us today. There is no lasting joy or happiness except for those who live in the day of God’s deliverance.
Let’s pray Psalm 118:1,2,14-24.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Take a moment to add any other prayers that are on your heart.