“O Give Thanks Unto The Lord (2)”
SIH’s Think On These Things: Psa 106:1-2
Ps 106:1-2 (KJV) … for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever….
In our last devotional we saw the need to give our Lord all the praise and thanks for what He has so graciously done for us. In this morning’s devotional, I would like us to emphasize why we are to praise and thank Him. It is because He has been so good and merciful to us….
for [he is] good:
Our Lord is good in many different ways. He is morally good; it is beneficial to us to be acquainted with Him; and He loves His people, cares for them and graciously works in their midst. He gives us many blessings that we do not deserve. What a blessing it is for us to be able to serve a kind, loving God. Think of what life would be like if we served a tyrannical God. He would be only concerned about Himself, all the while enslaving us to His servitude.
for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
Our Lord is not only good, but He is merciful as well. He withholds from His people much harm that they rightfully deserve. The perfect example of this is His withholding judgment from us. We all are sinners deserving of eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire; but God, through the work of Christ has withheld that judgment from us.
God’s mercy and goodness are very much related….
He shows us His MERCY when He withholds from us harmful things that we deserve.
He shows us His GOODNESS when He gives to us beneficial things that we do not deserve.
In our devotional series this month, we have seen a variety of ways in which the Lord shows Himself to be both a merciful and good God. As we look back upon our life, we can see an innumerable number of displays of His kindness to us. Also keep in mind, many times, He intervenes and shows His kindnesses to us without our recognition. For example, keeping us from an auto accident by delaying our departure, or causing our immune system to destroy harmful bacteria with which we have unknowingly come into contact. These are just two of a multitudes of possible ways that He can be showing us daily blessings.
Let us be thankful to our Lord for both His goodness and His mercy…. Every blessing we receive from Him flow to us because He is a good and merciful God.
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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