Psalm 118:22

Psalm 118:22

What do you do when you are rejected? If you are anything like me you withdraw and vow never to let whoever it was hurt you again. But God has a better plan. Learn from Kim David and his example in Psalm 118.


The stone which the builder rejected has become the chief cornerstone. Psalm 118:22

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The Context

King David was reflecting on his life. He remembered all the time that God had been good to him. He recognized that had it not been for the mercies of God, his life would have ended a long time ago.

It is better to take refuge in God than to trust man David affirms. He recounted a few examples of the awful things that God had saved him from.

Digging In

“The stone which the builders rejected,” states David, “has become the chief cornerstone.” While there is no doubt that this verse refers to the coming Messiah, I want us to take a few moments to apply it to David and to ourselves.

David was rejected at many points in his life. Let’s examine three of them:

I. He was rejected as king: In 1 Samuel 16:11, David is sent for almost as an afterthought. A new king was to be appointed and he was one of Jesse’s sons, yet Samuel had gone through all the “eligible” children and still, the Lord had not chosen one of them to be king. “Is that all,” he asks. “Are you sure I’ve seen all your sons?”

“Well there is the little one.” responds Jesse, “the one who keeps the sheep.” I bet everyone was surprised when this was the one that God chose to be the future ruler of His people.

II. He was rejected by his brother: David had come to the battlefield to bring supplies from home. Upon hearing the boasts of the Philistine he wondered aloud why the army of the Most High God had not challenged him in battle (1 Samuel 17:26).

His brother Eliab replies, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle” (1 Samuel 17:28 NIV). As if to say, “You’re only a shepherd boy, you don’t belong here.” How quickly he had forgotten that this boy had been anointed king before his eyes.

Related: Quit Like King David Did

III. He was rejected by Saul: No one wanted to fight the big, bad Philistine. Not Saul. Not any of his soldiers. Yet when David offers to do it Saul’s response is:

“You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth (1 Samuel 17:33).”

Oh-kay. You don’t want to do it and you don’t know anyone who wants to. Why then does this brave (or foolish) young man have to justify himself?

David is rejected many more times in his life yet he manages to keep his eyes on Jesus who eventually exalts him.

How It Applies to Us

It is tempting to give up when we don’t achieve success immediately. But two things are certain:

1) As long as we try to do God’s will, we are going to face opposition. There will be people telling us all the reasons why we can’t do the thing we were called to do and why we’re going to fail.

2) If we remain in the center of God’s will, He gives us justification. Does that mean we’ll always get what we want? No. But it does mean that our reward will come from God and that we should remain faithful.

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