Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
One of the great things about being a part of an international church is to be in Christian community with people who have brought their stories of redemption from Asia, from the West, from the global North and the global South. Those who like to cycle or run know something about “tailwinds” and “headwinds”. To have a “tailwind” is to have the wind at your back; to experience the benefit of having the wind push you and give you strength. According to researcher Tom Gilovich, gratitude has the same effect on people; he says that gratitude is like having a tailwind in life. Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King – His love endures forever! (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for a specific situation where you need God’s presence. Invite the Holy Spirit into the place where you (or another) need help, guidance or peace.