[From Oct. 23, 2012]
"The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."
New Testament writers have quoted this verse when speaking of Jesus. The "builders" (Jewish leaders) rejected Jesus - though God was actually using him to become the Cornerstone of a new creation. God's kingdom became a reality through Jesus. But the religious leaders (for the most part) couldn't see it. And although it led to Jesus' crucifixion, God used that moment to raise him from the dead and bring forgiveness to all. Therefore, it's "marvelous!"
When Jody and I got married in 1990 (22+ years ago) we chose Psalm 118:23 to be printed on our wedding announcements. We saw it on a sample card and thought it fit - God had brought us together. Life together has been wonderful and average. Easy and difficult. Joy-filled and challenging. Life and love is hard work - even for those things that are "the Lord's doing." But above else, it's "marvelous," precisely because we believe it IS God's doing. Life and love take hard work. But it's so worth it. Thank you, Jody!