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Encourage0gram May 29, 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
May 29, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
My heart is crushed by recent events in our land.  Racism is always wrong in any form and any place.  Violence will not solve our problems.  Jesus stands ready to forgive and bring healing to all who call upon Him with sincere, humble faith. Pray to the Lord of mercy to persuade us to run to Him. 
 
As I was reading through the Bible this week, I read Psalm 118.  It is a song often quoted in the New Testament.  I truly treasure this song and I want to take a few days to briefly review it with you.
 
The song opens with the call to thank God for two reasons!
 
NIV Psalm 118:1
Give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good; his love endures forever.
 
The command to give thanks comes from a verb that means to throw!  We throw our thanks and praise to God and to others!  God commands us praise Him.  When we give thanks to the Lord – we remember the reason and the event and enjoy it all over again. If we throw our thanks toward others, they can join with us in celebrating our God.
 
The psalmist offers twin reasons to thank God. 
First, we thank Him for his goodness. My lexicon says of goodness:  
This root refers to "good" or "goodness" in its broadest senses. Five general areas of meaning can be noted: 1) practical, economic, or material good, 2) abstract goodness such as desirability, pleasantness, and beauty, 3) quality or expense, 4) moral goodness, and 5) technical philosophical good.
 
God is good all the time!  In every circumstance He remains good.  He will never be the author or promoter of sin.  We can believe this because He assures us it is true!  The goodness of God is always active never passive. 
 
Secondly, we give thanks to God for His love endures forever.  Like His goodness, He loves through all seasons.  He is love and He cannot deny Himself.  “His love endures forever.”  This statement is found forty-one times in the Old Testament just as it is written here five times.
 
NIV Psalm 118:2-4
Let Israel say: "His love endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say: "His love endures forever."
Let those who fear the LORD say: "His love endures forever."
 
The psalmist calls the nation, the priests and all worshippers to echo the chorus; “His love endures forever.’  Let us join the sacred singers!  Let us hold fast to the truth that God is good, and His love endures forever. 
 
Until tomorrow, my love and prayers go out to each of you,
Pastor Rick
 

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