In our Bible reading there were too many great psalms to choose what to write about today. I decided to narrow it down to Psalm 118. But even within Psalm 118 there are too many great verses to choose what to write about today. I will share a few thoughts…but spend some time in the psalm and see what strikes you most.
We do not know who wrote Psalm 118, nor for what occasion. Perhaps part of the power of this psalm (and many others) is that it feels like it could be written for each one of us in any number of situations we find ourselves. It makes sense. The psalms are a picture of God and His relationship with man. God is God – from before history began to an eternal future. And mankind hasn’t changed that much over time either. He is still good. And His love still endures forever. And, it is still our duty and joy to give thanks to Him. Some things never change even in a world where everything else is changing faster than we can keep track.
Psalm 118 both begins and ends with this lasting declaration: “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1 & 29). If it sounds familiar, it may be because that verse is also repeated in 4 other psalms. Sounds like God thinks it would be a good thing to remember!
It can be easier to give thanks for God’s goodness when we are in a happy, contented, easy place. But the psalmist writes of many struggles, anguish, trials, battles and oppression that have surrounded him. Verse 6 says, “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Verse 13 says, “I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me.” If you are ever feeling stuck, it is a great time to pray to see more clearly God’s goodness and love. Then, give thanks.
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+111-118&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be 1 Kings 1-2 and Psalm 37, 71 & 94 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan