Give thanks to the Lord

Psalm 118

Oh give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth forever.”

When I think about this verse, I think it can be easy to not think about how God’s enduring mercy is constant in our lives. When things don’t go our way, when we get frustrated, or get feelings of abandonment, we see God as being far away and absent from our problems. All we think about is how uncomfortable we are and not thanking God in these times.

Are we only grateful in certain times? Are we only thanking Him during the good times and times we think He deserves it?

In all honesty there are no words that are adequate enough to give praise and thanks to the Lord God who has given us all we need and done more abundantly than we could ever ask or imagine.

No one deserves our thankfulness more than Jesus our Lord. The only way we can thank Him properly is by knowing Him properly. The closer you grow in relationship and intimacy with Him, the more you can thank Him with all sincerity. We should never only thank the Lord out of obligation. He wants us to come to Him with thankful, open and willing hearts.

Another verse that comes to mind is Philippians 4:4 – “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, rejoice.” or Psalm 34:1 – “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Again we should not be thanking Him when times are good and all is going well for us, but a continuous thing we do daily. We are to bless and praise the Lord at all times, good and bad. When things go our way and when they don’t.

For He is good: This is reason enough for giving Him all our thanks. His goodness is the essence of His nature, therefore He should always have our praise even if we receive from Him or not.

His mercy endureth forever: Psalm 118 starts and ends with this same proclamation. God’s mercy, His covenant love and lovingkindness will never be taken away from us. It hasn’t from the beginning of time and won’t for all eternity.

May we meditate on this verse today and ask our self if we are truly giving the Lord all our praise, not only when things are good or if we feel obligated but in everything, the good or bad times, giving Him the glory due His name!

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country. – C.S. Lewis

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