Hosanna to the King
Many of the best love songs of all time sing of unending love, promises of love that will last, and commitment that will stand the test of time. Psalm 118 is a praise song about God’s unending love for us. It begins and ends with the same chorus, only with this song of praise, God keeps His promise of enduring love, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.”
Psalm 118 is the last of a group of psalms known as the Hallel or “praise”. The Jews sang the first two of those psalms (Psalms 113, 114) before the Passover meal and the last four (Psalms 115-118) after the meal. The Exodus (and Passover) pictured God’s redemption of His people, not just physically from slavery, but spiritually from sin. As the last song after the Passover, this would have been the last song that Jesus sang with His disciples before leaving for the Garden of Gethsemane.