Yesterday, I discussed gratefulness, gratitude, and being thankful. I almost forgot about my assignment for my kids to write down what they are thankful for… ok, I did forget. Thankfully, in their attempt to NOT go to sleep, they reminded me. New habits, they can be quite difficult to start up sometimes.
In continuing with the thoughts of being thankful, we are told to thank the Lord, for he is good and his love endures forever. Don’t believe me? See the next verse:
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
There’s actually a worship song wit this in it. It’s call “Forever.” I enjoy Michael W. Smith’s rendition of it, right now. Anyway, it’s pretty clear what it says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Do you know what that means?
The definition of Endure, in this case, is as follows:
4. to continue to exist; last: These words will endure as long aspeople live who love freedom.
Therefore, we should thank our Lord, for his is good, and his love lasts forever. That’s some kind of love considering we keep messing things up.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
I’m going to use the ‘Theology’ definition for redeemed:
9. Theology . to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.
This tells us to let the ones that are delivered from sin, by the Lord, tell their story, these are the ones he had redeemed from the hand of the enemy. These are the ones he has delivered from evil.
3 those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
These are the ones he gathered from all over. Not just one region. Now, while this was written during Old Testament times, there were periods that the Israelite people were separated and spread out. In fact, it was often that they were. Therefore, not just one region, but all over. Important to remember that for the purpose of other verses and beliefs.
Good night my brothers and sisters in Christ. God bless.