When we were studying Psalm 115, I noted that the last two verses of that psalm say rightly that it is not the dead who praise the Lord but the living: 

It is not the dead who praise the LORD,
those who go down to silence;
It is we who extol the LORD,
both now and forevermore (vv. 17, 18). 

The second passage I call to your attention consists of two verses, verses 8 and 9. And this is why. It is reported by people who count such things that there are 31,174 verses in the Bible, and if that is so, then these verses, the 15,587th and the 15,588th, are the middle verses. That should be reason enough to give them prominence. 

Psalm 118 is a psalm in which individual verses literally leap out at us. In last week's study we looked at verses that strike us in regard to Jesus Christ and his passion. In this study I want to look at four more verses that strike us for different reasons. 

We already completed one study of Psalm 118 last week, but we need to do another. And no wonder. Psalm 118 is a great psalm, telling us not only about Jesus Christ and his work of redemption, but also about ourselves and of our need to trust God and praise him in all circumstances. 

I wrote that Peter loved and often quoted Psalm 118:22. He quoted it before the Sanhedrin, as I said. But he also used it in his first letter in combination with a number of other texts that speak along the same lines: Isaiah 8:14 and 28:16, as well as Psalm 118:22 (see 1 Peter 2:4-8). In introducing these verses Peter says, “As you come to him, the living stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (vv. 4,5). That is a great privilege and a joy.