This month, I am studying Psalm 118 for my devotions. I use a yearly subscription to Mama’s Refill, where the author, Pam Forster, walks us through inductive Bible studies. In Day 3, she had us go read some online commentaries about Psalm 118. I didn’t get very far as I only had about 15 minutes to do my devotions before I went to work, and I was so thrilled in the first commentary I read.
Here are some of the highlights from C. H. Spurgeon’s notes on Psalm 118 found in the Treasury of David:
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:1
The author wants us to praise God with him. I love this quote, “Grateful hearts are greedy of men’s tongues, and would monopolize them all for God’s glory. ”
Here is another wonderful thought:
Have we been of a forgetful or murmuring spirit? Let us hear the lively language of the text, and allow it to speak to our hearts: “Cease your complaining, cease from all self glorification, and give thanks unto the Lord.” “For he is good.” This is reason enough for giving him thanks; goodness is his essence and nature, and therefore he is always to be praised whether we are receiving anything from him or not.
Wow! I know I can have a forgetful or murmuring spirit at times. What a great reminder to thank God when I feel like complaining, because He is always good.
Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.
Here is a wonderful thought about praising God now:
In the three exhortations, to Israel, to the house of Aaron, and to them that fear the Lord, there is a repetition of the exhortation to say, “that his mercy endureth for ever.” We are not only to believe, but to declare the goodness of God; truth is not to be hushed up, but proclaimed. God would have his people act as witnesses, and not stand silent in the day when his honour is impugned. Specially is it our joy to speak out to the honour and glory of God when we think up, in the exaltation of his dear Son. We should shout “Hosannah,” and sing loud “Hallelujahs” when we behold the stone which the builders rejected lifted into its proper place.
In each of the three exhortations notice carefully the word “now.” There is no time like time present for telling out the praises of God.
Are you telling others about the goodness of God. This should be such an exciting truth, that we cannot stay quiet! Every day, when we wake up, that day is the “now”. Every day, God is good and merciful, so every day, we should praise Him!
The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
Tabernacles means tents — or dwellings. We who are saved should have homes full of rejoicing. Thankful, joyful homes.
The families of believers are happy, and they should take pains to give their happiness a voice by their family devotion. . . . Let none of us be silent in our households: if we have salvation let us have joy, and if we have joy let us give it a tongue wherewith it may magnify the Lord.
I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
Here we can see God is a personal God to the psalmist. The psalmist address God and praises Him.
How well it is in all our songs of praise to let the heart have direct and distinct communion with God himself!
We should also be specific in our praise.
He praises God by mentioning his favours, weaving his song out of the divine goodness which he had experienced. In these words he gives the reason for his praise,—his answered prayer, and the deliverance which he had received in consequence.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:29
Let’s start and end our day with praising God for He is good! His mercy endureth forever!
There are many other Thanksgiving printables I have shared over the years. Here is the link to most of them. Last week’s printable can be found HERE, and the four printables from the week before can be found HERE.
Here were a couple of my favorite posts from last week:
- Thanksgiving Unity Study from Jennifer Lambert
- Three Steps for Appreciating the Effort not the Outcome from A Hippy and a Redneck
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