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"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: "His love endures forever." Let the house of Aaron say: "His love endures forever." Let those who fear the Lord say: "His love endures forever." In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper." - Psalm 118:1-7
This week we are celebrating Thanksgiving. It is a time when families will gather together for a traditional meal and a time to give thanks for all of God's blessings. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we will be perpetuating an early American custom begun over 370 years ago.
We have much to be thankful for! As we think of this Thanksgiving, I want to look at a psalm of thanksgiving written 2500 - 3000 years ago ‒ Psalm 118.
O, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!
We are exhorted to give thanks to God. We need to have a heart of gratitude because God is good to us, because of all the blessings which God has bestowed upon us. The word translated "steadfast love" is chesed which means "kind mercy." It is an important word throughout the Old Testament and indicates God's loving mercy toward us. This is the most important reason we can give thanks to the Lord ‒ because his mercy toward us endures forever. Of course every day is a good time to be thankful, but let us especially show our gratitude to God at this time of year during Thanksgiving time.
Have a wonderful and joyful Thanksgiving in Him!