His Mercy Endures Forever

Thankfulness seems to be a lost art today. Warren Wiersbe illustrated this problem in his commentary on Colossians. He told about a ministerial student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. In 1860, a ship went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evan … More

Thanksgiving

When Pharaoh, in a final fit of fury, hardened his heart for the last time and harnessed his chariots of war to pursue Israel, the mighty arm of God was outstretched to bar his way (vv. 13-15). The Skekinah glory cloud came and stood between Israel and Egypt’s army. Then followed the greatest miracle of the Exodus: the waters of the Red Sea parted so that this saved people might pass over on dry land to the other side. What a sight it must have been when those towering walls of water were held back by God’s omnipotent power.

The following are items the Psalmist praised God for:

  1. For what He did in redeeming Israel from bondage (vv 13-15)
  2. For what He did toward them (vv 16-22)
  3. For His grace in a time of calamity (vv 23-24)
  4. For His grace in the world at large (v. 25)
  5. For the fact that God is the God of Heaven (v. 26)

God was responsible for bringing down the most powerful rulers in the world just as a giant oak tree would shake off its leaves in the breeze.  Two of the most mighty kings (Sihon, King of the Amorites and Gog, King of Basham) who stood in the way of Israel’s successful entrance into the Promised Land were no match for God.

Application

It is easy to be complaining because things are not going the way I would like them to. I need to be thankful for the things that are happening in my life whether they be good or bad.

Psalms 136:13-26 (English Standard Version)


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