“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (118:1). These psalms extol the Lord’s “steadfast love” (117:2) – His enduring, faithful, active, merciful kindness toward us. God’s steadfast love is not an abstract idea; it comes to us in visible ways, especially in Christ, the cornerstone (118:22). “The Lord answered me and set me free” (118:5). As we experience God’s help and mercy in our own lives, the Lord “becomes” our salvation (v14,21).
“I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me” (118:13). Whether we are “pushed hard” by stress, conflict, illness, or loss, the Lord is our help.