June 16

Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” vs. 1

As the psalmist looked at the history of his people, he saw a recurring theme. Whenever people got in any kind of trouble, whenever disaster threatened, they would cry out to the Lord and they would be delivered. That happened, the psalmist reasoned, because the Lord is good and “his steadfast love endures forever.” Because this is the nature of God, he tells us, it is fitting for the people of God to live in a constant state of thanksgiving. Now, while that sounds good, there are some who would disagree. Like Job they’ve cried out to God in their calamities and things just got worse. We can be confident the psalmist knew such people too. It’s always been the case that some suffer without finding relief–it’s one of the realities of life in this world. Wonderful books have been written to provide explanations, but truthfully nothing really works–some suffering remains a mystery. But that doesn’t negate the goodness of God, nor does it undermine God’s steadfast enduring love. Goodness and love are the core values of our universe, and because they are, we will regularly and loudly offer thanks and praise to God. Life is pretty spectacular, an extravagant gift from our Creator that should be savored and relished. And if that doesn’t deserve daily thanksgiving, it’s hard to know what does!

Thought for the Day: For what am I giving thanks today?

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