by Douglas D Jones
(This is the second of two addresses given at the S.G.A.T Conference on 23rd September, 1994).
Unlike many of the other psalms,
the 118th has no title. Moreover,
we have no Biblical evidence as to who was the human author of this part of the
Divinely inspired record. Numerous scholars and commentators believe it
was written by David, while others consider it to be post-exilic, i.e. written after the return of the
Jews from captivity in
A Messianic Psalm
It is evident from the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), that at the time of the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus, the Jews saw this Psalm as being prophetic of the promised Messiah and His relation to Israel, although the religious leaders did not accept Him as such and their influence affected numbers of people who otherwise were inclined to do so.
There are some who see the whole Psalm as applying to the Messiah in His sufferings and subsequent exultation, but C H Spurgeon rightly observes that while the writer did have a prophetic view of our Lord Jesus, yet it could not have been intended that every particular line and sentence should be read in reference to Him. He says that to do so requires very great ingenuity, adding ‘ingenious interpretations are seldom true.’
A perusal of many commentaries reveals that most of the contributors relate what is said of the Messiah to Christ and His Church and how it applies to the individual Christian. It was Martin Luther’s favourite Psalm. He declared that it had saved him from many a pressing danger, from which neither emperor, kings, sages, nor saints, could have saved him.
However, there are those of us
who contend that while much of what is expressed may be applied in a personal
manner to the individual believer and prove to be of abiding value to him, yet
as we compare Scripture with Scripture, it will be seen that in whatever way
the writer was referring to his own experience, yet prophetically the Psalm has to do with Messiah and Israel. Moreover, not only does it show how Jehovah
has sustained His people through many past sufferings, but it is predictive of
those that are yet to come to the nation, their subsequent deliverance by
Jehovah and their consequent thanksgiving and joy in Him and His Messiah,
Jesus. How much more this Psalm will mean when the nation’s blindness has
ceased and all
The Conclusion of the Hallel
The Psalm would appear to have
been intended for use in the temple in
In this respect we find commentators Keil and Delitzsch seeing the Psalm as being in two main parts. The first (verses 1-19) is the song of the festive procession as it ascends on its journey to the temple, verse 19 being what they sing on arrival at the entrance. The second part (verses 20-27) is sung by the body of Levites who receive the worshippers. Then verse 28 is the answer of those who have arrived, while verse 29 is the concluding song of them all. Such a style is called antiphonal, i.e. words sung alternately by one or more people and is typical of the post-exilic period.
There is something else we do well to remember about this 118th Psalm. That great Hebrew Christian scholar, David Baron, observes that it is one of a series of six psalms (113-118) known as ‘The Hallel,’ which means ‘Praise,’ and although the whole book is pervaded by a spirit of fervent praise and adoration of Jehovah’s Name, those of this short series are especially so, because they were the public praise, sung in circumstances of joyous solemnity in the temple courts at the three great feasts - Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles - when all the men of Israel were required to attend (Exodus 23: 17), although their women and children often travelled with them (see Luke 2: 41).
David Baron points out that it is especially in connection with the Passover that the Hallel has always been associated in the minds of the Jews, and it figures very prominently in the ‘Haggadah’ or ritual of the Passover meal, commemorative of Israel’s deliverance from bondage in Egypt. (‘Haggadah’ means ‘Narrative’).
In connection with the Pascal supper, the Hallel used to be divided into two parts - the first consisting of Psalms 113-114 at an early part of the meal, and the second consisting of Psalms 115-118 after the partaking of the fourth cup. On the night on which our Lord Jesus kept the Passover for the last time with His disciples (when He turned what was a commemoration of deliverance from the Egyptian bondage into a feast of remembrance of Him in His death for the redemption of all those the Father had given Him), having sung a hymn (or psalm) at its conclusion, they went out to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 26: 30; Mark 14: 26). That hymn must have been this Psalm 118.
God’s Mercy Endureth for Ever
It will be seen that what is
said in Psalm 117: 2 of Jehovah’s Truth
(that it endures for ever) is said of His Mercy in Psalm
118: 1. ‘O give thanks
unto the LORD: for He is good: because His mercy endureth for ever.’ First
We have already observed that what the Psalmist expresses in the first person singular in this Psalm shows not only how Jehovah has sustained His people through many past sufferings, but it is predictive of those that are yet to come to the nation, their subsequent deliverance by Him, and their consequent thanksgiving and joy in Him and His Messiah, Jesus. See their sufferings (verse 5), in distress (verse 6), feeling the force of the hostility of others and experiencing their hatred (verse 7), the futility of putting confidence in men and princes, i.e. leaders (verses 8-9), surrounded by hostile nations (verses 10-11), which are like bees bent on Israel’s harm (verse 12), thrusting sore at him, i.e. pushing him violently (verse 13).
The Nations Against
While I would not attempt to comment
in more detail on all this passage as it relates to
How descriptive of the
Satanically-inspired efforts to destroy this people through the centuries! A reading of Richard Gade’s ‘Historical Survey of Anti-Semitism’
is very revealing in this respect as he traces it from its origins to the
present time. With what vehemence did
the Egyptian Pharaoh seek to wipe out
Further wars had to be fought to
defend themselves against Arab states in 1956, 1967 and 1973. Although there have been differences with some
of the Arab countries, the P.L.O. (founded in 1964) has been the main
instigator of terrorist activities against
We believe that
Wrong to put Confidence in Men
Now in Psalm 118: 8-9 the Psalmist shows how wrong it is to put confidence in man or princes (leaders).
God’s Sovereign Over-ruling
But not all is gloom as we shall see as we proceed. As we come to verses 22 and 23, we reach a section which reveals God’s sovereign over-ruling – ‘The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD’S doing (i.e. what Jehovah has done); it is marvellous in our eyes.’
Turn to Matthew
21. Jesus was among the people in
the court of the temple in
It was at this point (verse 42) that Jesus said, ‘Did ye never read in
the Scriptures, The stone which the
builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner this
is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?’ (see also Mark 12: 10-11
and Luke 20: 17). He continued ‘Therefore
I say unto you, The
Jesus is the Promised Messiah
In the light of the parable of the wicked husbandmen, the inference was obvious and they perceived it (verse 45). Jesus was charging them with bringing no fruitful service to God, of rejecting Him as His Son, the Messiah promised in the Psalm, and warning them of subsequent judgment. In Acts 4: 11, we find the apostle Peter also charging the religious leaders with this rejection by referring to the same Scripture. Yet, despite their rejection, Jehovah has wrought a marvellous thing in making His Son, the stone which the builders (the leaders of the nation) rejected, the head corner stone of a spiritual temple, the Church.
What a wonderful thing that was, is seen in Ephesians 2: 19-22. Having shown how believing Jews and Gentiles become one in Him, the apostle addresses the Gentile ones ‘Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner Stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.’ In becoming that Chief Corner Stone, our blessed Lord has united believing Jews and Gentiles like two walls of a building which meet in the corner stone. ‘This is the LORD’S doing: and it is marvellous in our eyes’ (Psalm 118: 23).
In writing to his fellow believers concerning the Lord Jesus, Peter says, ‘To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed (rejected) indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively (living) stones, are built up a spiritual house’ (1 Peter 2: 43). Then in the same passage (verses 7-8) he says ‘Unto you therefore which believe He is precious; but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed (rejected), the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.’
The other verses of Psalm 118 which I would ask you to consider particularly are 25 and 26, where we read ‘Save now, I beseech Thee, O LORD; O LORD, I beseech Thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.’
These verses are related
prophetically to the last week of the ministry of the Lord Jesus before His
crucifixion. A comparison of the gospel narratives gives reasonable grounds for
assuming that on the previous Friday, He and His disciples would have made the
journey of about 20 miles or so from
All four gospel writers record what happened the next day - our Sunday. This first day of the week in which the crucifixion took place has become known in Christendom as Palm Sunday, the reason for such a designation being evident from an event that occurred on it which was an outstanding and important one in the ministry of our Lord.
Up till then He had not [been] invited publicity. In fact, on numerous occasions, He had purposely avoided it. Now, however, as the time drew near for Him to complete the work the Father had sent Him to do, He was ready to proclaim His Messiahship to the nation in a more open manner than previously. There could have been no more appropriate an occasion than this, for Jerusalem would have been crowded with not only its inhabitants, but pilgrims who had come from far and near to keep the Feast of the Passover.
From the eastern slopes of the
21: 4-5 we read ‘All this was done, that it
might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the
daughter of Sion, Behold thy King cometh unto thee,
meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.’ Although not an exact quotation, Matthew was
referring to the prophecy of Zechariah 9: 9
written over 500 years before the event, showing that the entry of Jesus into
As we compare the gospel narratives, we see that with Jesus riding upon the colt, He and His disciples began to make their way to the ridge of Olivet and then downhill towards the city on its west side. This produced the acknowledgement of an enthusiastic crowd. The disciples had placed their outer garments on the colt to form a saddle cloth for the Lord. Now, many of the people used theirs to carpet the path along which Jesus was travelling, others adding a surface of leafy branches taken from trees. This crowd was now joined by another, for, as we compare the synoptic accounts with that of John, it is evident that there were others who, having already arrived in Jerusalem for the coming Passover, and having learned of the miracle Jesus had performed in raising Lazarus from the dead, and hearing that the Lord was on His way from the Mount of Olives, went out to meet Him, taking with them branches of palm trees (see John 12: 12-13). Having done so, they turned round, leading Him and the crowd already with Him towards the city, thus forming one great throng.
This explains the mention in Matthew 21: 9 of those who went before (i.e. in front) and those who followed. Notice what they were calling out, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.’ In his gospel, Luke links this acclamation with the point at which ‘the whole multitude began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works (miracles, [signs]) that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed be the King that cometh in the Name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest’ (Luke 19: 37-38). Never before had there been such an enthusiastic, public acclamation of Jesus.
There is no doubt that what the people were saying was based on Psalm 118: 25-26, ‘Save now, I beseech Thee, O Jehovah: O Jehovah, I beseech Thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of Jehovah: we have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah.’ Incidentally, the contraction of the two words ‘Save now’ gives the word ‘hosanna’ used by them. According to Luke, some of the Lord’s persistent opponents, the Pharisees, had joined the crowd, and now urged Him to rebuke His followers for such a demonstration, but Jesus said, ‘I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out’ (Luke 19: 39-40).
How Jesus Saw
Could it be that among this huge crowd were some who, by the grace of God, were acknowledging Jesus as their Messiah in a spiritual and Biblical sense, recognising in Him the One who had come to save them from their sins? One thing is quite evident - by and large what the people wanted was their own kind of Messiah, a political deliverer who would free them from the yoke of the Roman occupying power, quite blind to their need of spiritual deliverance. For this materialistic attitude there was no excuse. So, while many of them were crying ‘Hosanna’ (save now), the Lord knew full well that soon from the lips of a mob stirred up by the religious leaders, would come the cry ‘Crucify Him’ (Mark 15: 13-14).
In descending from Olivet, Jesus
had reached a spot from which Jerusalem and its magnificent temple would have
been clearly visible and it was at this point He burst into tears, saying ‘If thou hadst known, even thou, at
least in this thy day, the things
which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from
thine eyes. For the days shall come upon
thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench (build an
embankment) about thee and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every
side, and shall lay thee even with the ground (level
thee), and thy children within thee: and they shall not leave in thee one
stone upon another: because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation’ (Luke 19: 42-44). Jesus saw
On the entry of the Lord into the city itself on that Sunday and of His second cleansing of the temple courts the following day we have not time to dwell, except to say that His stay was evidently a brief one, for the evening was drawing on, so He and the 12 disciples returned to Bethany from whence they had come (see Mark 11: 11).
The Double Fulfilment
We have seen, then, that in the
acclamation of the crowds as He descended from the
However, as we read the narratives of Matthew (23: 37-39) and Luke (13: 34-35), it is clear that in this Psalm is found one of the numerous prophecies of Christ’s coming which were to have a double fulfilment; that at His first advent, which we have been considering, and also at His second coming.*
[* See footnote.]
Turn to Matthew 23. It was the Tuesday after the triumphal entry of the Lord into Jerusalem on the Sunday, the same day as that on which Jesus had clearly referred to Himself as the stone which the builders rejected (Psalm 118: 22 and Matthew 21: 42). In front of the crowds and His disciples (verse 1), the Lord exposed the hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees (verses 2-12) and then proceeded to pronounce a series of woes upon them (verses 13-36). As Edersheim puts it, ‘Thicker and heavier than ever before fell the hailstorm of denunciation as He foretold the certain doom which awaited their national impenitence.’
Jesus was showing how these religious leaders, and all those who followed them, were typical descendants of their forefathers who murdered the prophets. History was being repeated. The measure of the guilt of those who had gone before them was being, and was going to be, made full.
The Certainty of Judgment
It is remarkable how literally this prophecy was eventually fulfilled, for the Book of the Acts bears testimony to the fact that unbelieving Jews were always on the heels of those who preached the gospel. Notice Matthew 23: 25 – ‘That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.’ The reference is undoubtedly to the Zechariah whose courageous testimony and cruel death in the days of King Joash are recorded in 2 Chronicles 24: 20-22. The reason why Jesus said ‘from Abel to Zechariah’ is, of course, because according to the arrangement of the books in the Hebrew Scriptures, Genesis comes first, being in that portion known as ‘the Law’ (hence mention of Abel), while Chronicles comes last, being in the section known as ‘the Writings’ (hence mention of Zechariah).
However, let us look particularly
at what Jesus then said – ‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou
that killest the prophets, and stonest
them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children
together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would
not! Behold, your house is left unto you
desolate’ (Matthew 23: 37-38). Here was a moving lament, revealing that
necessary severity of Divine judgment was tempered with deepest compassion and
tenderness. It has been described as ‘the very heart of God pouring itself forth through human
flesh and speech,’ the intensity of what the Lord felt coming out in the
The fact that Jesus addressed
the city did not mean He was confining what He said to its inhabitants. Being the capital, it was the centre of
The word ‘would’ in the statement ‘would have gathered’ (Matthew 23: 37) is from a verb which means ‘to wish.’ He was expressing the frequency in which He longed to gather the [His] people to Himself in saving protection. ‘But ye would not’ ‑ it is the same verb as before. They had no wish to come to Him. You will notice that Jesus did not say ‘I would but I could not,’ but ‘you would not.’ Here we see the awful perversity of man’s rebellious will.
Such unwillingness was felt so keenly and deeply by our blessed Lord as with sadness He looked into the future, just as He had done on the Mount of Olives two days before, causing Him to weep (Luke 19: 41-44). It brought the pronouncement of a coming desolation. ‘Behold, your house is left unto you desolate’ (Matthew 23: 38), a seeming reference to the temple and its precincts.
The Jewish historian, Josephus, estimated that over one
million people perished in the siege of
Has this meant that because of
the rejection of His Son, the nation as a people and their
land have no further place in the Divine plan; that all the blessings
formerly promised to
That is not what I believe, I only wish our friends saw Matthew 23: 39 as we do, for we are convinced that here we have the prediction of an ultimate national acknowledgement, ‘For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.’ The crowds had said that two days before, but here the Lord Jesus refers to it being said again at some future time. The time will come when the nation shall [once again] greet Him with the words of Psalm 118: 26, ‘Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of Jehovah.’
It has been pointed out that the survival of the Jews throughout their long history of suffering and dispersion is unparalleled in the annals of the nations. How many other peoples, much more powerful than they have long since been absorbed by other nations! Such have disappeared without facing anything like the persecution which the Jews have experienced.
Why has the nation been preserved? Why has there been a return to their land in such numbers? How is it that since May 1948 they have been a sovereign state again and continued to survive attacks from hostile neighbours far stronger numerically and in arms, those who have vowed to wipe them from off the face of the earth? Because God is going to fulfil the covenant He made with Abraham and his descendants through the line of Isaac, a covenant that was related not only to the people themselves, but to their possession of the land (Genesis 12: 7; 13: 15; 15: 18; 26: 3; 28: 13), Paul reminds us that the gifts and calling of God are without a change of mind on His part (see Romans 11: 29).
Meanwhile, as the Scriptures
indicate would be the case,
Praise God, it will not be so
for ever. The Son of God has declared that the time is coming when [all]
How This Age Will End
It will be seen from Zechariah 14: 2 that a confederate of nations will
It is when things seem at their blackest for Israel that Jehovah, in the person of Messiah, the Lord Jesus, will deliver His people, as He returns to the place from which He ascended 40 days after His resurrection, just as the angels promised He would (Acts 1: 11), See Zechariah 14: 4 ‘And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives,’ This chapter (verses 4-9) and other Scriptures dwell on the final stage of the battle, when the Gentile nations will be utterly defeated.
The return of Messiah will see a great national repentance on the part of the nation. ‘And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn’ (Zechariah 12: 10).
Likewise the prophet Hosea (3: 4-5)
declares ‘For the children of
[* NOTE. In the clause above: ‘the Lord AND ‘David their king’, we have a description of TWO persons. That is to say, the word ‘and” should be seen as a conjunction – not a disjunction – pointing to the time (yet future) of the RESURRECTION out from amongst the dead in Hades of ‘David their king,’ when Messiah Jesus returns to establish His Millennial kingdom here, (1 Thess. 4: 16. cf. Acts 2: 34; Luke 20: 35, etc.).]
When the Deliverer comes out of
It is then that they will acknowledge in accordance with the prophecy ‘He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53: 5).
It is then that Israel will
thank Jehovah as predicted in Psalm 118, for
His mercy that endures for ever (verse 2);
for answering them in distress and setting them in a large place (verse 5); for being on their side and freeing them
from the fear of man (verse 6); those who hated
them defeated with Jehovah’s help (verse 7).
They will acknowledge that it is better
to trust in Jehovah than in human aid (verses 8-9),
for through Him surrounding foes have been destroyed (verses
10-12), despite their efforts to cause
Now, one can imagine the
question being put, ‘Where does the Church come into
all this?’ As I understand
Scripture, she will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air as He descends to
[* Haw far does your faith carry you? Is it not written (of those who are to be resurrected from the dead) that they are to be “like the angels” (Luke 20: 35)? That is, able to ascend into heaven and also dwell upon the earth! Did our Lord’s resurrected glorified body prevent Him from dwelling upon this earth? Look and see, (Luke 24: 25-27).]
We have been reminded that the
Psalm we have been considering would have been that which Jesus and His
disciples sang together at the end of that Passover meal on the night of His
betrayal, when He instituted the remembrance which is often called ‘The Lord’s Supper’ (Matthew
26: 39). How the Lord must have
been cheered with the knowledge that He, the Stone which the builders had
rejected, was to become the Chief Corner Stone of a glorious spiritual temple. What it must have meant to Him to anticipate a
coming day when those who had not welcomed Him would do so with ‘Blessed be He that cometh in the Name of Jehovah.’
Surely, such thoughts heartened the Lord, with the imminence of arrest in Gethsemane
before Him, the mock trials and ill treatment to be experienced overnight, and
the prospect of the additional physical sufferings; and above all the spiritual
ones that would be His at
Gladly may those of us who by grace are His redeemed people, echo the words of the refrain with which this portion of God’s Holy Word begins and similarly ends, ‘O give thanks unto Jehovah; for He is good: because His mercy endureth for ever’ (verses 1, 29).
Necessity for Christ’s Reign on the Earth.
“Does it not follow that the great scheme of redemption requires Christ’s return? As He once came with a sin-offering, He should come a second time without? He should come a second time to claim His inheritance? He came once, that His heel might be bruised; He comes a second time to break the serpent’ head. With a rod of iron to dash His enemies in pieces! He came once to wear a crown of thorns! He must come again to wear the diadem of universal dominion. Make you sure of this, that the whole drama of redemption cannot be perfected without this last act of ‘the second coming!’ The complete history of paradise regained requires this!”
- C. H. Spurgeon.
by Philip I Beeman
Some precious stones are found upon the surface of the earth, some are found in the beds of rivers after the water has been drained off, some are found by digging deep into the earth. As a general rule the most valuable stones are those which have been acquired after much search and labour.
In a manner of speaking it is thus with the precious truths in God’s Word. There are many which shine forth vividly wherever one may look. There are others which come to light after many tears have been shed and much sorrow has passed over the soul like the rushing waters of a tropical river, and again there are those which need to be diligently sought for, and ‘the hand of the diligent maketh rich’ (Proverbs 10: 4).
In reading the account which Abraham’s trusted servant, Eliezer, gave of his journey to find a wife for Isaac, we find him using an expression, which is full of encouragement to those who truly wait upon God for [a future] salvation. It is a real jewel. His words are these, ‘I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren’ (Genesis 24: 27).
Abraham’s direction to his servant was ‘thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac’ (Genesis 24: 4),* and to this direction he added a promise, ‘He (the LORD) shall send His angel before thee,’ i.e. to lead thee and direct thee (Genesis 24: 7).
[* That is, the “wife” is taken OUT FROM AMONGST FAMILY RELATIVES: it is a selection out from amongst a previous selection!]
Eliezer had definite instructions given to him. He was to proceed from Abraham’s encampment to the dwelling place of Abraham’s kindred; and there to carry out the definite purposes of his errand. He followed his instructions and God blessed him and directed his steps aright. He went in the way commanded, and kept to that way, and he was brought to his desired haven (Genesis 24: 48).
Now consider. God would have poor sinners brought to the Lord Jesus. He therefore gives them directions even as Abraham gave directions to his servant. God tells them there is but one way whereby this can be accomplished. He says ‘this is the way, walk ye in it’ (Isaiah 30: 21), and the Lord Jesus says ‘I am the way’ (John 14: 6), ‘come unto Me ... and I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11: 28). It is not an earthly road. It is the way of holiness. It is for poor wayfaring men, whom the world often considers fools (Isaiah 35: 8).
The redeemed [are commanded to] walk in this way. It is a path which is undetected by the vulture’s keen eye (Job 28: 7), but it is seen by the eye of faith. They that wait upon the LORD and walk in this way ‘shall renew their strength ... they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint’ (Isaiah 40: 31).
This way can only be known by taking heed thereto according to God’s Word (Psalm 119: 9). Therefore seek this way with all thine heart, as the Psalmist did and as all God’s [obedient] children have done, and ‘being in the way’ the Holy Spirit will lead you and draw you to the Lord Jesus that you ‘may dwell in the house of the LORD for ever’ (Psalm 23: 6).
Always keep in mind: “… his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.
(Fine linen stands for THE RIGHTEOUS ACTS OF THE SAINTS)”:
Revelation 19: 7-, 8.