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O Give Thanks
Psalm 118:
Dearly Beloved:  "O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good and His mercy endures forever."

little%20boy.jpgIn the Book of Psalms, David, in the latter part of his ministry, focuses on the goodness and love of God.   In Psalm 118, David is inspired by the experiences he has encountered in his life.  As we look deeper into the life of David we see the small, handsome shepherd boy, anointed by God as the Second King of Israel  -- a reign of much prosperity.  King David, the Son of Jesse, acclaimed brave warrior, musician and poet.   A man of courage who stood “toe to toe” with the feared Goliath, and a King much loved by his people.  

But, David was not without his low moments – discord in his household, disrespect amongst his own children, errors in judgment and ethical principles.  And amid all this, David still found favor from God, and praised God with everything he had to give.  David was indeed a flawed person.  But we know that God does His best work with flawed people.    David had tremendous “peaks and valleys” in his life; but through it all God found favor with David. 

Our church family has experienced much during these past few months.  Deaths.  Sometimes snatched suddenly from our presence.  Loss of jobs and homes.  But through it all, God has been faithful, and we have much for which to be thankful. 

Thus, even as David faced his lowest valleys, he praised and thanked God.  He called the people of Israel to join together with him in praise to God with grateful hearts: “O give thanks unto the Lord.”   To praise and thank God “for He is good."  God alone is good.  And "His mercy endures forever."  There is no change in the mercy of God.

As we have faced our valleys, we, too have found favor from God.  At this time of Thanksgiving as we have experienced the season of Advent to Christ's birth, let us join the chorus as did King David to praise God with a grateful heart, to affirm God alone is good, and that there will never be a change in God's mercy.

In His Service, Pastor Sembly

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