Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 107:1
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” – Psalm 107:1
This verse is a call to mankind to give thanks to God for His amazing mercy He has bestowed upon us. And not just mercy regarding certain things we may be going through, but everything that God has done for us, whether we find it personally pleasant or not. We must always remember that we may not have chosen certain outcomes in our lives, however, God does everything for our good. We have no idea how to pray explicitly for our needs and trials, so we must rely on God to do what He knows is best. “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26:27. We must trust that God knows everything, from the beginning of all things to the end of all things. “Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose” Isaiah 46:8-10. Because of this knowledge that God has, He knows exactly how to help us in our times of troubles because of this infinite knowledge as He searches our hearts and intercedes on our behalf.
And because of this incredible God we serve, the one as stated above, who has infinite knowledge regarding what is and what shall be, and also what should be, ensures that we Christians will always experience what we can trust is good. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. And this is not just in this life, but for eternity; never to end. “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30. God knew us, who have accepted Him, from the beginning of time. And it promises that we shall be conformed to the image of His Son. We have been called by God, are justified by Him, and we are also glorified. And because of all that God has given us, comforted us in times of trial, and prepared us for an infinite life, how can we not give thanks to our God. “When You did awesome things which we did not expect, You came down, the mountains quaked at Your presence. For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him.” Isaiah 64:3-4. We cannot even imagine what we have to look forward to in eternity.
So, back to our focus verse. He has given us so much that we cannot begin to know and understand. He does everything for our good, even though we may not see it that way. He has prepared an eternity that we cannot even comprehend. And He is always with us, for as He has told us through Moses, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. In all of this and so much more, how can we not be thankful for all His goodness. “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.