Let Them Give Thanks To The Lord For His Unfailing Love…
Updated: Mar 27, 2019
…and his wonderful deeds for mankind. (Psalm 107:21 NIV)
We can give thanks to the Lord for so many reasons, but His unfailing love and wonderful deeds for mankind are among the greatest. His great love for us is unfathomable and His deeds for mankind, specifically His work of salvation for us through Jesus Christ, is incomparable.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
I started a journal to give thanks to the Lord a few years ago and I now have over 11,000 entries. Each morning during my quiet time with the Lord, I take a few minutes to reflect on my blessings and list between: 5 to 10. They range from small to great things, including my husband, children, parents and relatives.
I thank God for His provision and protection. I try to be specific too; such as giving thanks for a birthday, a doctor’s appointment, sleep and waking me to see another day. I thank Him for other Christians and those who mentor me; my community, neighbors and church. I thank Him for prayer, His Word and my salvation. I also reflect on the previous day and remember to thank Him for each event.
Recording my thanks to the Lord is a great way to start the day and it puts me into a positive frame of mind. It helps me to focus on the blessings as I go through each day. It took some discipline to get started, but now it’s a solid habit. I am thankful that God created us with the ability to give thanks and He instructs us to do so. I think it blesses Him and us.
The Bible tells us over and over again to give thanks to the Lord. He has done so much for us and we need to express our appreciation to Him for everything.
1 Chronicles 16:34 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” (NLT)
If you give thanks to the Lord by documenting your gratitude in a journal or on a computer, you will have a record of His blessings and faithfulness to you. You will be able to recall the Lord’s unfailing love and wonderful deeds that He has done just for you.
Perhaps you will find as I did, that every day there are reasons to give thanks to the Lord.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
We can give thanks to the Lord for His great love. Even the best human love may disappoint us from time to time. But, unfailing love is difficult to fully comprehend. It is dependable, ceaseless, steadfast, persistent, loyal, inexhaustible and infinite.
The unfailing love of the Lord is described as loving-kindness which Merriam Webster defines as: “tender and benevolent affection.”
Psalm 118:1 says, “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” (NASB)
We can give thanks to the Lord for His wonderful deeds for mankind. He loves to show mercy. He is gracious toward those who are humble in heart and in difficult circumstances. If we are in trouble, we can cry out to Him and know that He will hear and help us.
The Lord is always compassionate, caring and gracious toward us.
Psalm 86:5 says, “O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.” (NLT)
Psalm 25:10 says, “The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.” (NLT)
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (Psalm 103:8 NIV)
The Lord has done many wonderful deeds for mankind and we should thank Him for them all. But, I think by far the greatest deed that we can give thanks for is that He graciously met our need for a Savior.
Mankind needed forgiveness for sinning against a holy God. So, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ who lived a sinless life and gave His life by dying on a cross so that we could be forgiven and receive eternal life.
We can give thanks to the Lord Jesus for His sacrifice, because He died to make us right with God:
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)
Romans 4:25 says, “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” (NLT)
Romans 5:6 says, “For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly.” (HCSB)
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (NIV)
What are you giving thanks to the Lord for today?
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