Part of the Holy Week series, preached at a Easter Sunday service
On Easter Sunday, the church proclaims, "O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!" (Psalm 118:1). Jesus Christ is risen! And in Christ, we too shall rise.
God's steadfast love endures forever! The words of Psalm 118 have long been used to herald Easter. “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!" (118:24). In its ancient Jewish context, Psalm 118 was most likely an entrance liturgy to the Temple, used at the festival of Passover. It proclaimed God's deliverance from Egypt and, later on, from the Exile. The Psalm was a liturgical script, complete with speaking parts for leaders and congregation. One can hear the jubilant call and response in 118:2-4: "Let Israel say, 'His steadfast love endures forever.' Let the house of Aaron say, 'His steadfast love endures forever.' Let those who fear the LORD say, 'His steadfast love endures forever.'"
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