Psalms 118 Metaphysical Bible Interpretation

Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Psalms 118

Metaphysically Interpreting Psalms 118:1-29

118:1Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;
    For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
118:2Let Israel now say,
    That his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
118:3Let the house of Aaron now say,
    That his lovingkindness endureth for ever.
118:4Let them now that fear Jehovah say,
    That his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

118:5Out of my distress I called upon Jehovah:
    Jehovah answered me and set me in a large place.
118:6Jehovah is on my side; I will not fear:
    What can man do unto me?
118:7Jehovah is on my side among them that help me:
    Therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
118:8It is better to take refuge in Jehovah
    Than to put confidence in man.
118:9It is better to take refuge in Jehovah
    Than to put confidence in princes.

118:10All nations compassed me about:
    In the name of Jehovah I will cut them off.
118:11They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about:
    In the name of Jehovah I will cut them off.
118:12They compassed me about like bees;
    They are quenched as the fire of thorns:
    In the name of Jehovah I will cut them off.
118:13Thou didst thrust sore at me that I might fall;
    But Jehovah helped me.
118:14Jehovah is my strength and song;
    And he is become my salvation.
118:15The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous:
The right hand of Jehovah doeth valiantly.
    118:16The right hand of Jehovah is exalted:
    The right hand of Jehovah doeth valiantly.
118:17I shall not die, but live,
    And declare the works of Jehovah.
118:18 Jehovah hath chastened me sore;
    But he hath not given me over unto death.

118:19Open to me the gates of righteousness:
    I will enter into them,
    I will give thanks unto Jehovah.

118:20This is the gate of Jehovah;
    The righteous shall enter into it.

118:21I will give thanks unto thee; for thou hast answered me,
    And art become my salvation.
118:22The stone which the builders rejected
    Is become the head of the corner.
118:23This is Jehovah's doing;
    It is marvellous in our eyes.
118:24This is the day which Jehovah hath made;
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
118:25Save now, we beseech thee, O Jehovah:
    O Jehovah, we beseech thee, send now prosperity.
118:26Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah:
    We have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah.
118:27Jehovah is God,
    and he hath given us light:
Bind the sacrifice with cords,
    even unto the horns of the altar.

118:28Thou art my God, and I will give thanks unto thee:
    Thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

118:29Oh give thanks unto Jehovah; for he is good;
    For his lovingkindness endureth for ever.

August 14, 1949: Psalms 118:19-24

What is "the gate of Jehovah"? It is the habit of being thankful and of doing what is right, which opens to us the way to the heart of the divine nature. "The gates of righteousness" open to us as we observe the requirements of the divine law. Without consciousness of right and the will to do right we find that the way to God does not open.

What is “the stone which the builders rejected”? It is the Christ, which is the cornerstone of happy, successful living.

When can we realize happy, successful living now? “This is the day which Jehovah hath made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

September 11, 1949: Psalms 118:22-23

Why did Jesus quote the passage from Psalm 118:22-23 in full? Because it is constructive throughout. It speaks of the Christ who, though rejected as a “cornerstone” by those who are bound by custom and tradition, became the binding element between our religious nature (the Jews) and our secular thoughts (the Gentiles).

Of what is the cornerstone a symbol? It is a symbol of the union of the religious and the worldly thoughts of man in one consciousness of practical, working Truth.

Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 12-02-2013