Psalm 136:23-26.. 23 He remembered us in our humiliation. His faithful love endures forever.
24 and rescued us from our foes. His faithful love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature. His faithful love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven! His faithful love endures forever.
Vv. 23-24 God remembered Israel in many humiliating circumstances resulting from God’s plan, trials or their rebellion. Examples include their deliverance from Egypt, their support during the forty years wandering in the wilderness, the many times described in Judges where rebellion led again to slavery. But God remembered and restored them.
Today’s disciples were once in rebellion against God as lost sinners headed to hell. He remembered us when we repented of our sin and called on Jesus for salvation by faith through grace. He rescued us from our enemies of self, Satan and the World System. Now as disciples we still sin, but He is faithful to forgive our sins when we seek forgiveness. [1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.] We can truly give thanks to the only true God of the universe for our rescue & salvation; His faithful love endures forever.
V.25 describes God’s common grace for the universe and its inhabitants. He cares for people and all living things by providing provision and protection against their foes. “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” [Matthew 5:45b]
V.26 the God of heaven, Creator and Sustainer, whose faithful love endures forever is worthy of our thanks. Over and over in the Bible we are commanded to be thankful. We have been talking in our Sunday School class about making a list of 100 things each of us in thankful for.
You may think I don’t have that many things to be thankful for, but you will be surprised when you get started. Here is my list that includes a link to an incomplete list of divine appointments in Barbara’s and my lives. Over 100 things I am thankful for.
Be Thankful for His faithful eternal love. Make a list of 100 things you are thankful for and then use it to be thankful.
Henry Luke 7/27/2017
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