Nov 23, 2016 Words of Grace – Thanksgiving for Enduring Mercy
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1
This psalm contains nothing but praise. It can only be fully enjoyed by a devoutly grateful heart.
We thank our parents, let us praise our heavenly Father; we are grateful to those who give to us, let us give thanks to the Giver of all good. God is goodness itself; all that He does is good. Let us thank Him that we have seen, tasted, and proven that He is good.
God is good beyond all others; He alone is good in the highest sense. He is the source of good, the sustainer of good, the perfecter of good, and the rewarder of good. For this He deserves the constant gratitude of His people.
“For His mercy endures forever” is repeated in every verse of this song, but not once too often. It is the sweetest song we can sing. What joy that there is mercy with Jehovah, enduring mercy, mercy forever! We are ever needing it, trying it, praying for it, receiving it; therefore let us ever sing of it.
There are many earthly lords, but Jehovah is the Lord of them all. He makes and administers law; He rules and governs mind and matter; He possesses in Himself all sovereignty and power.
Our Lord mingles mercy with His justice and reigns for the benefit of us all. He pities the sorrowful, protects the helpless, provides for the needy, and pardons the guilty; and He does this from generation to generation, never wearying of His grace. Let us rise up and praise our glorious Lord! Let His grace be reason enough for three thanksgivings, or for three thousand!