MAYBE THIS SHOULD BE A KEY VERSE FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER?
Dr. Hal Kitchings
Why? Well, here in the United States of America we celebrate Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of this month. This verse is about giving thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and wonderful deeds for men. More about this in a minute… Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789. President Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent and Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” From 1942 onward, Thanksgiving, by an act of Congress, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, received a permanent observation date, the fourth Thursday in November, no longer at the discretion of the President. So, those of us living in the US have been eating a lot, spending time with family, watching football games, and parades for years. Numerous Christian families will take time to give thanks for all that God has done. Personally, I have always enjoyed this holiday as an American and as a believer in Jesus.
This Psalm exhorts God’s people to give thanks to Him for being so gracious due to redeeming them from Babylonian exile and giving them their land back. He reminds them of their captivity and hard labor as a result of their rebellion. We continue to see how God is gracious to a point. And if we turn our back, He allows difficulties to go to a new level so we might repent. This happens over and over and over throughout biblical history. Take note. And take note that this same focal passage occurs four times in this same chapter. It is listed not only in verse eight, but verses fifteen, twenty-one, and thirty-one. Hence, why I suggested it could be a key verse for this particular month. No matter how difficult your life may be, God is gracious. Focus on what you are thankful for right now, not the troubles you are experiencing. Go ahead. Take a moment to list what you are thankful for as you consider what He has done for all humanity…
It’s not so bad anymore, is it? Christians should be thankful every month of the year. We should probably make it a practice to do this exercise on a regular basis. We are a blessed people. Those that live in other countries would tell us how blessed we are. But as believers, all over the world, we should be thankful for what Jesus has done. The life He has brought us is indescribable. The future He has promised is beyond comprehension. Enjoy the month. Enjoy this passage. Enjoy your life. It could be much worse.
Until Next Time...