Thursday 19th April 2018 - Daily Reading:
Psalm 136 - Give Thanks to the Lord! by Becky White

Yesterday, we were encouraged to praise God in all circumstances, because God is always worthy of praise.

Today we are encouraged to give thanks to the Lord. Why? Because he is good and his love endures forever.

This Psalm was probably sung at the Passover when the Israelites remembered the Exodus. A leader would sing the first part of each verse, and the rest of the people would join in on the second part: his love endures forever.

It does us good to remember the great things that God has done. It does us good to give him thanks, not just alone in our quiet time, but together with other believers, publically, in unison.

It is good to lift our voices as one in thanks and praise to our Almighty God. It strengthens our bonds with God and with each other at the same time, as we share in remembering his faithfulness towards us, and sing or shout or words of praise with one voice.

Much is said of our individual relationships with God, and these are important, but we must not forget that we are saved into the Kingdom of God, into the family of believers. Our corporate praise is powerful. As you go into church this weekend, go prepared to share the goodness of God in your life with others so that they can join with you in thanking and praising God!

Meditation verse: Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

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