How Thankful Are We?
by Ray Harmer
Grace is getting what we don’t deserve and mercy is not getting what we deserve. In essence, we deserve nothing from a Holy God. However, in Psalm 136 the phrase, “for his mercy endureth for ever”, is repeated twenty-six times. This is assurance from God that His mercy is plenteous and there for the asking. Four times the Psalmist reminds us to give thanks unto Him. From verse four to twenty-five (only 26 verses to the Psalm), the writer describes situations where God provided for His people. Come this Thursday, the only verse we will be concerned with is verse twenty-five, “Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
Thank God for Thanksgiving; but instead of a single day, we should celebrate it daily. The day was always special for me. Yes I could eat my weight in groceries, but it was more about the togetherness. Family members that you did not see but once a year showed at the table, family tolerated each other on that day and the family (which was not necessarily godly) took time to honor God by saying ‘grace’. It was the only time any of us said a prayer prior to eating. The aromas and the folk in the kitchen busy preparing, lent to the feeling of excitement.
Since the day of our salvation, my wife and I have done all we can to honor God on this particular day and everyday as well. Without Him, we humans are an incomplete puzzle. If we know Him not, then He is the missing ‘Ingredient’ in our stuffing. We should all pause this Thursday and replace the openings of verses 4-25 with particular instances in our own lives where God worked.
Hopefully each person who reads this devotional knows the saving power of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rm. 9,10). Jesus gave His life for us that we might be saved and it is ours for the asking (Rm. 10:13). Only then can one bask in the assurance of Heaven with a loving Saviour for all of eternity. With that said, another thing to be thankful for is God’s care of His own. “Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever: And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever” (vss. 23, 24).
Oh God. You have reached to the guttermost to save the uttermost of whom we are. Thank you this day for saving us and placing us aboard the old ship of Zion, bound for Heaven someday. When we cast off the lines of this old world, we will tie up in a land that is purer than gold with You as its Maker and we Your sheep. To live with You for ever and ever and to occupy our time with thankfulness and praise! Let us not wait til Heaven to thank Him.
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