“It’s a Great Day for a Great Day” – Psalm 118:19-29

Hillsdale Free Methodist Church

Series:  “Hope from the Word”

Thomas Ramundo


October 28

Psalm 118:19-29

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, Copyright ©1984 by Biblica, Inc.®

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone (or cornerstone);
23 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25   O Lord, save us;
O Lord, grant us success.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.

27 The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar. .

28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

This is the day the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.”


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A.T.M. (Apply the Message)

A Guide for Personal, Family, Class or Small Group Study


Psalm 118 (sandwiched between the shortest and the longest Psalms), from which the sermon text came, is the last of the “Egyptian Hallel Psalms,” 113-118. These were songs of remembrance and rejoicing for deliverance from slavery in Egypt (cf. 114:1). It was traditional for the Jewish people to sing 113-114 before they ate the Passover meal, and then close the meal singing 115-118. While we cannot be certain, the 118th Psalm may have been the song sung by Jesus and his disciples before they left the upper room for the Mount of Olives for Jesus to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane (cf. Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26).


Focusing on the sermon text, verses 19-29, what words, phrases, thoughts, or ideas stand out to you and why?


While it is impossible to improve on verse 24, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” how might you paraphrase it?


In the message it was noted that just one reason every day can be a great day is because the believer can count on the Lord’s perpetual presence with them (Matthew 28:20b; Hebrews 13:5b). How confident are you that he would never-ever, no not ever, no never leave or forsake you, not even for a fraction of a second? If you lack that confidence, why do you think that is? Can you think of anything you could do to rely more firmly on the fact of his unfailing, unfaltering presence?


Pastor Thomas said verses 19-29 are prophetic of Jesus’ triumphal entry, crucifixion, and resurrection. Of verse 24 he said, “This verse is at once a cue of what life can be like for the believer every single day and a clue to why it can be that way—because of the devil-defeating, darkness-defying, death-destroying risen livin’ Lord Jesus Christ. So every day can be a great day because of what Jesus did on the greatest day, the day he arose.” What are some of the implications and applications of verse 24 and its Easter-based power for your everyday life?



Looking Ahead – Next Sunday – October 28

“Why the World Needs Hillsdale Free Methodist Church”

1 Peter 1:3

Prepare by Reading: Romans 5:1-11 and 1 Peter 1:3-9

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