As we read through Psalm 118, we find some familiar words that will later be used to describe Jesus: the stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
Whenever a builder constructs a stone wall or building, there are always stones that are thrown aside because they do not fit or they are the wrong shape or size. The psalmist seems to be talking about himself here. He felt discarded and thrown aside, but the Lord helped him, lifted him up, gave him victory and restored him.
Not only did the Lord find a good use for the ‘stone’ but he gave it an important position in the building. The cornerstone of the building is the largest and most important stone of the foundation. Once the cornerstone has been laid, all the other stones are laid in alignment with it.
Jesus applied this scripture to himself (Matt 21:42), and Peter and Paul also made the comparison. Although the people rejected Jesus, scorned him and cruelly crucified him, God restored him and raised him into a place of authority.
Jesus is the cornerstone of the whole church. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul speaks of the church as “God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.”
He is the cornerstone of the church. Is he also the cornerstone of your life? Is he the strong base against which all other building blocks are aligned? A strong building needs a strong foundation. Make sure Jesus is at the heart of what s being built in your life.
Meditation verse: I will not die, but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.