The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief corner stone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
– Psalm 118:22-24 NASB
The book of Psalms is traced back to the time of King David and King Solomon. David, being a prophet as well as a king, wrote many of the psalms himself. And his son Solomon built the great temple in Jerusalem, in and around which the psalms were heard by so many people.
The psalms regularly prophesied of the Messiah who was to come to Israel and the world – He whom we know as Jesus Christ. Yet many of the Psalm’s references to Jesus were not recognized as such until after He was raised from the dead. This passage from Psalm 118 is a case in point.
Consider how the passage starts – it’s a riddle! How can a stone which builders reject become a cornerstone? A builder would want the best stone to be the cornerstone – not some rejected stone. The answer to this riddle was the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The builders were the religious leaders of Israel and the political leaders of Rome. These authorities were building their respective kingdoms…and they rejected Jesus. They crucified Him. Yet God raised Jesus from the dead to build the kingdom of God – hence “This is the Lord’s doing” and “It is marvelous in our eyes.”
Thus also is Christ’s resurrection “the day the Lord has made.” A new day for the world – a day of great light, for Jesus is the light of the world. He is the light of righteousness. Therefore the call to “rejoice and be glad in it.”
Do you feel rejected? God will accept you…and build upon you. Even if you feel like you are a useless stone to others, you are a precious stone to Him. Go to Him and let Him build upon the sacrifice of your life to His purposes. Let yourself be fit snugly to the cornerstone – who is our Lord.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, God, and Father: How awful it must have felt to experience rejection from the creatures to whom You had given so much. Yet You endured the suffering. And because you endured, You overcame all opposition. Make me to endure and to be part of what You are building today.…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.