Today's Lectionary Text
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
Let Israel say,
Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
All nations surrounded me;
There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous:
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
This is the gate of the Lord;
I thank you that you have answered me
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
This morning as I took the time to read Psalms 118, I did so knowing that this is yet another example of how great is our God.
I have always thought about how powerful these scriptures in Psalms are. Starting with the very first two verses, we find out what really matters. To give thanks to God. And to know that He is good. It states purely and clearly that we are to give thanks to the Lord. We should give thanks to Him because He is good.
As I am moving along this road called life with more of the road behind me than what is ahead, I do so with the realization that God has been so good to me. I would dare say that if you were to take just a moment to reflect you as well would say that God has been good to you also.
It is so important to be mindful of the fact that God does not have to be good to any of us. Truth be told no one can say that they are deserving of His goodness. In our humanness each of us is flawed, short-sighted and unworthy. Yet God continues to pour out his love to all of us. He loves us not just because of who we are, but He loves in spite of who we are. It doesn’t get any better than that!
As we look to Him out of our love for him my prayer is that we do so knowing that He is our strength and defense. Even as we go through valleys where seemingly we feel alone and without help, He is with us. When we weren’t able to take another step forward, He did so on our behalf.
In all things. All that we are and pray to be is out of the greatest thing of all. It bears all things, it grows all things, it remembers no wrong, and it never fails. How great is our God.
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Prayer for Reflection
Each day is a reminder of Your goodness. Each day we are blessed to know that in You our heavenly Father we have someone who is always presence and love in our lives is the greatest blessing of all. Amen.
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