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November 11, 2013

A 3,000-year-old song finds reason to be thankful

By Barrett Vanlandingham
Fort Faith

— One of the most famous Bible passages used during Thanksgiving is Psalm 106:1.

It says, “Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  

The writer of this Psalm was evidently so excited about the awesomeness of his God, he could not even wait to tell us the whys first.

So, he immediately begins by telling us what our response should be to God, even before telling us what all of the excitement is about, whetting our appetite for a glorious explanation.

What follows next are two of the most simple, easy to understand, yet powerful and meaningful statements that could have been written.

“For he is good; his love endures forever.”

People back then, same as today, have managed to find a thousand and one people, places, and things to idolize.

Most of them are NOT good and certainly nowhere near as good as what the writer of this Psalm has experienced in his life in his relationship with God.  

But even with life full of chaos and uncertainties, the writer says, “for he is good.”

That statement alone is like calm in the middle of a storm.

When you think about the word “good,” and just how important that quality is in anyone you have a relationship with, and then apply that quality to the One you worship, it brings about a sense of peace and hope and security for the writer and anyone today who has submitted their life to this Lord who is “good.”  

The only quality I can think of that could outdo “good” is in the second of those two statements, “his love endures forever.”

You talk about burying the lead story! This is the greatest news of all!

Our Lord is not only good, but he proves it by how much he LOVES us, not just a little, but a LOT, and for a very long time as is punctuated by the last word, “forever.”

The writer then spends the rest of the chapter recapping history and how God continued to love his people, and try to convince them to stay faithful, even though they continued to rebel.

Near the end of the chapter, the Psalmist pleads to God for salvation so that thanks may be given.

Finally, the writer bookends his opening statement with these words, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

Let all the people say, “Amen!” Praise the Lord.”

We have an amazing God who is forever full of goodness and love, two wonderful things we can always give thanks for.

Have a great week!  

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or