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Psalm 136:1-9

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. 2 O give thanks unto the God of Gods: for his mercy endureth forever. 3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever. 4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth forever. 5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth forever. 6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth forever. 7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: 8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: 9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth forever.


We live in a world today where everything comes to an end. That makes it difficult for us to put our hope in anything. We cannot put our trust in the most esteemed men and women on earth. The reason is simple. They all come and go. They do not live forever.


The Psalmist today is drawing our attention to the God we serve. He forever lives; and so it is a matter of fact that every attribute of God abides forever. When we describe something as enduring, it means there is nothing that can end its existence. Enduring things do not fail.


We are learning today that God’s mercy endures forever. We are not consumed because of God’s enduring mercy. The things God has made for us to enjoy abide forever; the sun that gives us light by day and the moon at night.


We enjoy so many blessings in this life because God’s mercy endures forever. The Psalmist exhorts us to do only one thing in acknowledgement of God’s enduring mercy – continually give Him thanks. Giving thanks to God is the least we can do. When we give thanks, we simply tell God that we know and appreciate His manifold blessings. When everything else fails, God’s mercy endures forever.


Prayer

1. Thanksgiving is always an opportunity for us to count our blessings. Spend a few minutes counting God’s goodness towards you. You will always have something to say.


2. Ask God particularly for a heart of thanksgiving. A grateful heart is a cheerful and happy heart. You owe that to yourself.


3. Father, I thank You for the many good things you have done for me because of your mercy. I am forever grateful.


Declarations

I declare my gratitude to the God of mercy because I am a product of His mercy. Grace has found me and grace and mercy will keep me. I declare in the name of the one who died, lay in the grave and rose triumphant on the third day that it does not matter what my enemies plan against me, the grace of God will always sustain me in the name of Jesus.