You are my God, and I give thanks to You;
You are my God, I extol You.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 118 is a song of praise, a psalm of Thanksgiving.
The Psalmist calls all people to praise and thank the Lord. He recounts how the Lord answered his prayer (v.5) and acted as his helper (v.7). He tells us how he was surrounded by his enemies and yet the Lord came and delivered him (v. 10-13). The Lord saved his life and when he was falling the Lord lifted him up (v. 13, 17).
He rejoices in the hope and blessings that have come from the Lord.
Some of us can relate to the Psalmist. We look around us and see blessing upon blessing poured out into our lives: healthy children, happy families, a roof over our head, and food on our table. We remember the times when the Lord lifted us and saved us from our enemies, even from our own sin. We can’t help but rejoice!
But maybe that’s not you today.
Maybe there is sickness, a broken marriage, and a leaky roof. There is no abundance, only worry and stress and fear. Maybe you are surrounded by your enemies and the Lord has yet to deliver you from those trials you are facing.
What is there to be thankful for?
You belong to the Lord
“You are my God, and I give thanks to You.”
He is your God. He is your rock and your salvation. If you have been bought by the precious blood of Jesus, then you are never alone. Nothing can take us from the Father’s hand. We are secure in him.
God is good.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.”
God is patient and kind. He extends mercy and grace to us and is faithful to forgive us if we turn to him. Most importantly, he always keeps his promises. We do not have to doubt in that His Word is true, and that he is always good and fair and right.
God loves you.
“For His loving kindness is everlasting.”
God’s love is everlasting. There is no limit to the grace and mercy He gives us. “His love never fails, never gives up, and never run out.” In the middle of difficult circumstances, we should never doubt that God loves us and He will draw near to us if we turn our hearts to Him.
In the midst of hard times, these blessings aren’t always tangible for us. We know them to be true, but when we look around all we see is discouragement and disappointment.
And yet, if we close our eyes and quiet our hearts, we’ll remember that in every situation, in every season of life, in every trial and temptation, we can be thankful. We belong to God; He is good; and He will always love us.
So wherever you find yourself today, I pray that you will give thanks. Give thanks for who God is and what He has done in your life. And if you find yourself still waiting on the Lord’s blessings and provisions, then I encourage you to wait patiently, with contentment and joy. He will deliver you because His love never fails.
Take some time to make a list of God’s blessings in your life. Dig deep and let the Lord lead your heart. Give thanks for both the good and bad, and ask the Lord to give you a spirit of contentment and a grateful heart.
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