Can we even count the number of times the Lord rescued David? We know he never lost a war. These first five chapters are full of trust and love for the Lord as David recalls the blessings and contrasts the One True God with worthless idols, and proclaims His enduring mercy. Do you think we qualify as His peculiar treasure (135:4; Exodus 19:5)? Psalm 136 was sung during Passover. Feel their sorrow as Psalm 137 is sung by the exiles longing for home.
O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for His mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endureth for ever (Ps. 136:1-3).
The psalmist is stressing something here that every saint of God needs to do. He repeats himself to convey the importance of the point. It probably goes without saying that this is more than any mere suggestion.
The Lord deserves every bit of thanks that we give to Him. He is responsible for every good thing in this world. As a matter of fact, everything good happens only because of God. The entire world exists because of Him. That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus (Phlm. 1:6).
God sent His Son to lay His life down on Calvary's cross. He did this so that all people in this world might have the opportunity to surrender their lives to Him, and thereby be justified by their faith in Christ and obtain salvation. Could God possibly give this world a better gift? The answer is clearly no. There is no greater thing that could happen to man than to have his sins erased and wiped clean forever. The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
If that was all God did for us, it would be enough for all times sake. However, He has done so much more than that. The blessings of God that are bestowed upon His people are abundant in quantity and exceptional in quality. He deserves our thanksgiving to be offered up to Him over and over for all He has done. Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen (Rev. 7:12).
The psalmist gives one of the best reasons to offer praise to God. That is that He has given all mankind His mercy, which goes on and on, giving all individuals the chance to accept the free gift of salvation that can only come from Christ. God has made a way that His mercy will be available as long as man has a chance to be saved. Doesn't the Lord deserve all the thanks we can give Him for this gift of His enduring mercy, which carries us from damnation to life everlasting?
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place (II Cor. 2:14).
Thought for Today:
When brethren dwell together in unity, God is very pleased.
As the Descendant of David, who would sit upon David’s throne (Ps. 132:11). He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David (Luke 1:32; Acts 2:29-30).
132:6 Ephratah, the district in which Bethlehem was located; 132:11 fruit, offspring; 132:17 horn, authority, power; bud, flourish; 135:4 Jacob . . . His peculiar treasure, the people of God are God’s own possession; 135:14 will repent Himself concerning His servants, will have compassion upon His people; 136:12 a stretched out arm, mighty power; 137:3 wasted, plundered; 137:4 strange, foreign; 137:7 Rase, Overthrow, Destroy, Demolish.
Pray for Staff: Becca Lucio • Country: Mauritania (2.6 million) in western Africa • Major language: Hasaniya Arabic • Islamic state with no mission work allowed • 99+% Muslim (predominantly Sunni); .2% Christian (predominantly foreigners) • Prayer Suggestion: Seek the Lord in times of trouble; He will shelter you (Ps. 27:5).
Optional Reading: II Timothy 2
Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 6:8