Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
~ Psalm 118:1, 29 ~
My friends, if it is within our hearts to give thanks to those who help us, then why not to the One who knows us best and loves us the most?! Regardless of the circumstance, give thanks to Him because He is good!
Say to Him, “Thank You, Father, for giving Your only Son to redeem me from a life of sin and death! Thank You, Jesus, for Your obedience to Your Father’s will, because now I’m Yours! Thank You, Holy Spirit, for teaching, guiding, correcting, and dwelling in me. Thank You, for not forsaking me, but being with and caring for me; through every sorrow and every joy, You are with and for me! Lord, You are good!”
Now, think about His mercy—the kindness of God that doesn’t mete out the justice we deserve. That’s something to be thankful for!
Then think about “endures” and “forever” together. It’s like tying a string of adjectives that describe “endures” together with “forever” and still not find an end to His mercy! His mercy goes to the vanishing point, which means it is eternal, unending, continuous, perpetual, from everlasting to everlasting, infinite…
The fact that Psalm 118 begins and ends with the same words should stir us to join the Psalmist in thanking Him and proclaiming the goodness of our great God. And, to express to Him, with true awe, the fact that His mercy is like Himself—eternal.
Our Father’s goodness is displayed in the incomprehensible giving of His Son, Jesus, a ransom for all of us (1 Timothy 2:6). He bought us with the life-blood of His Son! We should not forget “His kindness, tolerance, and patience” toward us, nor despise the fact that His “goodness leads” us “to repentance” (see Romans 2:4). Thank Him!
Abba, Father, we lift our hands and voices in adoration and gratitude for loving us as You do. You are good! And Your forever mercy overwhelms us! We proclaim Your Name as the name above all names! The only One who is worthy of praise and worship! We join with Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:22-25 (NKJV) to proclaim,
Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.