Daily D – Psalm 136:1
Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever. (New International Version)
His love endures forever. This psalm repeats these words again and again and again. The repetition makes a point. Read the whole song and see. In case you are having difficulty thinking of things to thank God for on this Thanksgiving Day, the psalmist gives us twenty-six distinct ideas to stimulate your gratitude.
Each of these twenty-six remembrances of God’s faithfulness in the past serves to remind us that as God has been, so he will always be. He never changes. He is good all the time, the song says. The song also says, all the time God is good. This is truth without any mixture of error.
God is love. He demonstrates his love from generation to generation, and from age to age. He made up his mind before the world began that he loved you. Before you were born, he knew you and loved you. Before you turned your heart toward him, he knew you and loved you. As you took your first steps of faith, he knew you and loved you. Wherever you happen to stand today, he knows you and loves you.
There’s more, so much more. Wherever he leads from where you are today, he will do so in love. His goodness and love are always available to give you guidance. Psalm 23:6 says,
“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.”
(New Living Translation).
I will give thanks from a grateful heart to the Giver of All Good Things.
Our Father, you are the Giver of All Good Things. Every good and perfect gift comes from your hand (James 1:17, 18). You have loved us forever. You will love us forever. You guide and you provide. Everything you do in our lives is a product of your love that endures forever. How good you are! How amazing is your grace! How abundant is your mercy! How could we not sing your praise and offer our thanks? Hallelujah and amen!
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.