Monday, July 22, 2019 | Pastor Kevin
This psalm starts much like the previous one reminding us to give thanks to the Lord. In Psalm 105, he taught us to do so because of God's great works in our lives. In this psalm, we are encouraged to give God thanks for His forgiveness throughout our lives. He returns to Moses and talks more about the mishaps of the Hebrew people and God's constant forgiveness. They rebelled from the moment they left Egypt until they entered the Promised Land, because they walked more by their flesh and less by God's Word or God's will. At times, God prepared to destroy them completely, but Moses would defend them and stand up for them and God would relent. Giving thanks for the good stuff is logical, but giving thanks for God's continual forgiveness of our daily sin may not seem so to be. Can you imagine a life where sin ruled and where guilt and shame guided every decision you made? If not, then give God thanks because He is the only Reason you are living by the Spirit and not in the flesh. He is the only Reason you are enjoying victory over sin, and He is the only Reason your family, financial, and spiritual life are consistently growing. He definitely deserves our thanks and praise for His complete and continual forgiveness of our sin and stupidity. We must join the psalmist in saying, "Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the Lord"
Help me, Lord, to give You praise for the many times each day You forgive my sin and set me back on the right path. Thank you for giving me Your Spirit who shows me how to live in obedience to You each day.