Daily Scripture Series – August 12th

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

We all have a story to tell about God’s love-whether we write or sing or tell it. For some, our experiences may be dramatic or intense-like the writer of Psalm 136 who recounted how God delivered His people from captivity and conquered His enemies. Others may simply describe God’s marvelous creation: “who by his understanding the heavens…spread out the earth upon the waters…made the great lights-…the sun to govern the day…the moon and stars to govern the night.”

Remembering who God is and what He has done brings out praise and thanksgiving that glorifies Him. We can then “speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:19) about the goodness of the Lord whose love endures forever! Turn your experience of God’s love into a praise song of your own and enjoy an overflow of His never-ending goodness.

Daily Questions

  1. What is one exceptional thing God has done for you?
  2. How can you share that thing with others?
  3. What would you include in your psalm of remembrance?

Daily Thoughts

Lord, thank You for the world You made and for the blessings in our lives. Fill our hearts with gratitude and put words in our mouths to acknowledge and appreciate You.

Psalm 136:1-15

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords; His love endures forever, to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever, who by his understanding made the heavens, his love endures forever, who spread out the earth upon the waters, his love endures forever, who made the great lights-his love endures forever, the sun to govern the day, his love endures forever, the moon and stars to govern the night; his love endures forever, to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt his love endures forever, and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever, with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; his love endures forever, to him who divided the Red Sea assunder his love endures forever, and brought Israel through the midst of it, his love endures forever, but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; his love endures forever.

Bonus Information

As with Psalm 136, many of the psalms encourage us to remember and praise God’s goodness. In Psalm 42, when the writer’s soul is “downcast”, he remembers “by day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me”. He puts his “hope in God,” and praises his Savior and God. The psalmist David remembers God in the desert and is comforted: “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings”. And in his distress the psalmist Asaph “seek the Lord” and is prompted to “remember the deeds of the Lord;…His miracles of long ago…and meditate on all His mighty deeds.”

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