The Stone The Builders Rejected Is Now The Cornerstone

The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. Psalm 118:22

Were you ever with people who made you feel like you didn’t belong? Or maybe after giving your input on something, you experienced complete rejection.

I’ve got to say that has happened to me occasionally through the years. And it sure didn’t make me feel good about myself. I think you know what I’m talking about. 

Fortunately, Jesus didn’t let things like that bother Him. Many people loved and admired Him, but many also hated Him. The religious leaders, the influences of Israel, hated Him the most.

Psalm 118 painted a word picture for us. Visualize a pile of stones lying beside a building site. As the builders sorted through them, they rejected a stone, thinking it unusable.

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As they began the foundation for the building, their foreman noticed the stone pushed to the side. He told the builders that the stone they rejected would work perfectly as the cornerstone.

Jesus brought that illustration given by the Psalmist to life. In addressing the religious leaders, He pointed to Himself as the rejected stone and them as the builders.

Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures? The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see. Matthew 21:42

Paul tied our verse in this Old Testament Psalm with what Jesus accomplished in the New Testament. He completed the picture by describing the church made up of Jews and Gentiles.

Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Ephesians 2:20-21

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The Lord Cares for Us

Leading up to today’s verse, the writer of Psalm 118 wrote many encouraging words for his readers. In verses 5 and 6, he penned how much the Lord cares for us.

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Psalm 118:5-6

The writer of this Psalm could identify with us when we feel overwhelmed by our enemy. He let his readers know that when his enemies came against him, God never failed Him.

  • Though hostile nations surrounded me, I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
  • Yes, they surrounded and attacked me, but I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
  • They swarmed around me like bees; they blazed against me like a crackling fire. But I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
  • My enemies did their best to kill me, but the Lord rescued me. Psalm 118:10-13

The Lord rescued us when we accepted Jesus as our Savior. Even though he might try, the enemy can’t lay a hand on us. David had the authority of the Lord. We do, too, in Jesus’ name.

What do strength, victory, and songs of joy all have in common? They each belong to the godly, those living under the protection of the Lord’s strong arm.

The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things! Psalm 118:14-15

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Get Excited

Can you sense the excitement of the Psalmist in this chapter? You can also experience that same excitement regardless of your circumstances. Because we all have access to the presence of God.

Open for me the gates where the righteous enter, and I will go in and thank the Lord. These gates lead to the presence of the Lord, and the godly enter there. I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory! Psalm 118:19-21

This Psalm sounds like a pep talk, but much better. We have the assurance that God cares for us and stands with us in our corner. While others may put us down, God lifts us up.

God used him in prophecy right in the middle of all these encouraging words. He probably didn’t understand that the stone rejected by the builders became the cornerstone. 

Then he continued by blessing today. Can you take our focus off what happened yesterday and not worry about tomorrow? Why? Because today is the day the Lord has made.

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Please, Lord, please save us. Please, Lord, please give us success. Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. Psalm 118:24-26

We don’t know who authored this Psalm. But if David wrote it, at this point, he may have started dancing before the Lord. While reading the following verses, you might want to praise the Lord.

Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. You are my God, and I will praise you! You are my God, and I will exalt you! Psalm 118:26,28

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Jesus, The Stone the Builders Rejected

The stone that the builders rejected. Yes, the stone they tried to get rid of rose from the grave. God established this stone, the cornerstone, as a firm foundation for those who believe.

Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. Isaiah 28:16

God will save us from our enemy and our circumstances. He’ll save us for all eternity. Are you ready to praise Him? Join with the Psalmist as he began and ended this Psalm with these words.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 118:1,29

Lord, thank you that you are there every moment of every day. I need you constantly. You are the cornerstone of my faith. With you, I cannot fail.

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