God's Love Lasts
Lord God, thanks be to You. Through Jesus Christ, we are shown how to live and speak thankfully.
Read Psalm 118:1-29
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“This psalm could have easily come from the lips of Jesus himself: It could have been his song of triumph when he emerged from the darkness of the tomb” (Leonard Griffith).
Group praise sounds wonderful when it is repeated. The psalmist beckons individuals and groups to join with him and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (1). It is a call to the community of the faithful. This refrain envelops the psalm, for it appears in the beginning and at the end. The psalmist’s literary strategy tells us that that we are reading a complete and satisfying message.
Biblical wisdom often suggests what is better as opposed to what is simply good. A second refrain, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans” (8), is the conclusion we should draw from the main refrain, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Because the Lord is good and his love endures forever, who would choose to trust in people rather than God? Our refuge is in him because he loves us unfailingly. He always has our best interest in view.
God met our greatest need by sending his Son. It is in the psalmist’s framework of refrains that we find the words that the Gospel writer applied to Jesus: “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (22; cf. Luke 20:17), as well as “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (26; cf. Luke 19:38). Jesus brought all of the Father’s love and resources with him from heaven’s glory to earth’s fallen-ness in order to serve others and die on the cross for us. Jesus deserves our highest praise, for he came in the fullness of time to accomplish the Father’s mission on our behalf. Giving thanks is much easier if we bear in mind that his love endures forever.
Because we cannot give thanks unless we are grateful, consider in this moment all that God has done for you.
Father, being grateful does not come easy for me. Help me to understand Your love so that I will want to respond in appreciation and give You endless praise.