Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 106:1
“Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” – Psalm 106:1
This is a very powerful verse. In fact, this same wording is found in several other places. For instance, let’s look at the next chapter in Psalms. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1. Now, compare this with a verse in 1 Chronicles. “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34. In comparing Psalm 107:1 and 1 Chronicles 16:34, they are word for word the same. Then when you look at our focus verse, the wording is also identical after the first three words, ‘Praise the Lord’’. You will also find the same wording in 2 Chronicles 20:21, Psalm 118:1, Psalm 118:29 and, Psalm 136:1. There are many other verses that are very close, with slight word changes. However, the meaning is clear.
These words are found in enough places in the scriptures that I would venture to say this was a phrase well known to the Israelites. And they must become very familiar to us as well. Our God is great, greater than anyone or anything. For without Him, nothing else would exist. He is all powerful, there is nothing that can stop Him or His will from being accomplished. He is all knowing, knowing every minutia of everything and everybody in every moment of time. And He is everywhere all the time, “Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him? declares the LORD. Do I not fill the heavens and the earth? declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:24. He is an incredible God we serve. And He loves us beyond our comprehension. God spoke these words to Jeremiah, but they are applicable to us today. “The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” Jeremiah 31:3. There will never be a need He will not meet. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. And most important of all, He died that we might live. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.
How can we not praise Him with our whole being? How can we not worship Him from the very depth of our heart? How can we not thank Him for His goodness He has poured out on us? And how can we not love Him with everything we are, for our God’s love, from Him who does not change, is an everlasting love, from eternity to eternity.
“Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.