Blessed is He . . .
Psalm 118:26-29 NLT
 Bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD. We bless you from the house of the LORD.
 The LORD is God, shining upon us. Take the sacrifice and bind it with cords on the altar.
 You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you!
 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
Reflection . . .
This Psalm ends with this great anticipation of the Lord’s complete victory. The one who comes in the name of the Lord would bring such victory over sin. The opening words of these verses are echoed in Jesus’ lament over Jerusalem for their unbelief and rejection of the Lord. The people also used these words at Jesus’ Triumphal Entry on what we call Palm Sunday. They believed that one would come as an earthly ruler to gain victory over their Roman oppressors. Their focus on earthly victory continued to deceive them. Their eyes needed to be opened to the great need for spiritual victory.
Today, everyone seems to be so focused on earthly/physical realities — Pandemic, World War and the rising costs of living! But, where is our focus? Is it on ourselves, the government, the news, the possible terrifying outcomes of our earthly situations? Where is our focus?
Or, is our focus on the Lord, on what He has done for us and the hope we have despite how awful things might get in this life? Take a few moments to pray this prayer:
Lord, I acknowledge that You are God. You know all that is going on, you know me. In the name of Jesus Christ I ask you to help me keep focus on the great hope we have in You, the one who has brought great victory over sin. I cast my cares, worries and concerns at Your feet. I long for you to fill me with your peace, the peace that passes all understanding! Amen.