His steadfast love endures forever (Ps 118:2-118:4)

“Let Israel say.

‘His steadfast love endures forever.’

Let the house of Aaron say.

‘His steadfast love endures forever.’

Let those who fear Yahweh say.

‘His steadfast love endures forever.’”

Here is the strong theme of the enduring steadfast love of Yahweh. Once again we have the distinction between Israel, the house of Aaron, and the more generic those who fear Yahweh. The house of Aaron, or the Levities, have a dominant role to play, but there is no mention of Judah here. This almost seems like a choral response about the love of God.

Praise to Yahweh’s name (Ps 113:2-113:6)

“Blessed be the name of Yahweh

From this time on and forevermore!

From the rising of the sun to its setting

The name of Yahweh is to be praised!

Yahweh is high above all nations.

His glory is above the heavens!

Who is like Yahweh?

Our God is seated on high.

He looks far down

On the heavens and the earth.”

This appears to be the choral response of the people. The name of Yahweh is to be blessed from now and forever. From the rising to the setting of the sun, the name of Yahweh was to be praised, all day long. Yahweh was above all countries as his glory was also above the heavens. No one was like Yahweh. He is seated on high and looks down on us in the heavens and on earth.