Day 725 – Thanksgiving
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” – Psalm 107:1
Saying thank you is probably one of the earliest lessons we try to teach our kids. When someone gives a gift, we prompt, “Say thank you!” When they go to a party, we urge, “Don’t forget to say thank you!” But do we teach them, and indeed, do we ourselves remember, to thank someone for who they are?
The psalmist invited “the redeemed of the Lord” (v.2) to give thanks, not only for the wonderful things God had done, but first and foremost for who God was…for God is good. Love is God’s very nature; and this love is no flash-in-the-pan burst of fuzzy feelings, but a steadfast, enduring love that will not let us go in spite of our stubbornness and sin. Many things parents do for kids, or adults do for a spouse, flow from this kind of love. Out of God’s deeply committed love flow many wonderful works. That’s why the psalmist urges, four times in this psalm, “Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.”