My “musings” on this Thanksgiving morning have been focused upon some of my favorite ‘thanksgiving’ Psalms. The first of those is Psalm 107 ~ “O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south” (Vvs. 1-3).Stop right there! What is the Psalmist declaring? He is declaring that there is no place on earth that is beyond God’s reach; no place on earth that is ‘God-forsaken’!
Listen to it again, this time from the NLT ~ “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has saved you from your enemies. For He has gathered the exiles from many lands; from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in the desert: lost and homeless, hungry and thirsty… they nearly died; “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble… and He rescued them from their distress!”
If I might, let me call your attention to V:2 ~ (I love it from the KJV) “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy!”
I will suggest that you, like me, likely spend much of your time reflecting upon the grace of God: that which saves us, sanctifies us, supplies us & sustains us. This morning, my thoughts are not so much focused upon the grace of God; My thoughts this morning have me overwhelmed by the MERCY of God. Quite literally, for not receiving what I deserved: hopelessness in the face of death, hell & eternal torment. Indeed, as Romans 6:23 declares: “For the wages of sin is death; BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD.” A gift of God’s grace, yes indeed it is. But moreso, it is an expression and a reminder of His mercy. Therefore, As the above verses; V:1, Ps. 107 ~ “O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever!”
Like David the Psalmist, the thought of the Mercy (the ‘mercies’ – plural) of the Lord, have set me to sing: “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations” (Ps. 89:1).
Harkening back to Psalm 107 ~ Let the Redeemed of the Lord SAY SO! Has the Lord in His mercy, grace & goodness redeemed you? Then SPEAK IT OUT! On this Thanksgiving day, don’t forget to remember – and be thankful for – the Mercy of God. When I ignore the Grace of God (the Divine Supply of the Spirit given to me to strengthen me and enable me to resist temptation & sin… and I “kick it to the curb”) may I not forget to remember that His MERCIES endure forever.
I/we often sing a paraphrase of Jeremiah’s “thanksgiving proclamation” found in Lamentations 3:22-23 ~ “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness, O Lord!”
My response to that reality leads me to Psalm 34 ~ “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth… O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together (Vvs. 1, 3).” And here’s why: “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and He delivered me… This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. (for) The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear Him, and He delivers them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that rests, trusts and hopes in Him (Vvs. 4, 6-8).”
Another of my favorite “thanksgiving” Psalms is Psalm 103; words of exhortation and exaltation; words that remember and declare the blessing & benefits that are mine/ours through the work of redemption. I include an excerpt below for your edification and consideration: “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s…”
“The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed… The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy… He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” (Gleanings from Psalm 103:1-14)
Let me leave you with Psalm 95:1-7 ~ “Come, let us sing to the LORD; let us Shout Aloud to the Rock! Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and exalt Him with our songs! For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Therefore, come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For He is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”