Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 118\\

Kimchi says their Rabbins are divided about this psalm. Some understand
it of David; others of the Messiah: but, with us Christians, there
ought to be no doubt of its belonging to the Messiah; since our Lord
has quoted a passage out of it, and applied it to himself,
\\#Ps 118:22,23\\; see \\#Mt 21:42\\; and so has the Apostle Peter,
\\#Ac 4:11\\. Nor did the Jews of those times object thereunto, which
doubtless they would have done, had the psalm respected any other but
the Messiah; yea, the common people that attended Christ when he
entered into Jerusalem, and the children in the temple, took their
"hosanna" from hence, \\#Ps 118:26\\; see \\#Mt 21:9,15\\. It is
generally thought to be written by David, after he was established in
the kingdom, and had brought the ark of the Lord into the city. It
concludes the great "Hallel", or hymn sung at the Jewish festivals;
particularly at the feasts of tabernacle and the passover.