11/21/2012

This morning’s “byte” was written by Pastor Thomas Kock who serves our brothers and sisters in Christ at Living Word Lutheran in Johnson City, TN.  I thought it was very well done and wanted to share it with you all!  Enjoy! 

 Devotion:  (Psalm 118:1 NIV) “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Many of you use the passage above as a table prayer before you eat your meal.  And there is no better meal to give thanks to God than the one you will be enjoying tomorrow.  Usually it’s easy at Thanksgiving time to remember to give thanks to God for the physical blessings which we enjoy, and we do enjoy many of those blessings!

But the Psalm writer lifts our eyes!  Why do we give thanks to the Lord?  Because He’s good!  Because His “love” endures forever.  The word “love” is a challenging Hebrew word to translate, because it contains a bunch of ideas in it.  It has the idea of loyalty.  The concept of faithfulness is in there, particularly faithfulness to a promise.  Mercy is part of it.

So, are we happy that God is loyal?  Absolutely!  Is it helpful for us to know that God is faithful to His promises?  Absolutely!  Are we thankful that God’s heart is full of mercy for us sinners?  Of course!

And ultimately, that’s why we give thanks: because of who GOD is and what He is like.  For all the things of this earth can go away, and quickly.  Finances can dry up, health is fleeting, jobs come and go.

But the loyal, faithful, merciful love of our God—that endures forever!  O give thanks to the Lord!

Pastor Schumann

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