Our Bible verse for today: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past can strengthen us to face our current trials.”
In Psalm 107 the writer was reflecting on the history of God’s people and some of the many trials and struggles they faced. Some wandered in desolate places. Others sat in the darkness and gloom of dungeons. Some were beaten and tortured, others faced sickness. Some were lost at sea, others were hungry and thirsty, and still others were unfairly persecuted.
Through it all they found that God was faithful and good, and that His love for them endured forever. And, as verse two reveals, many of them found deliverance from their trials, “Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim that he has redeemed them from the power of the foe …”
If you fast-forward a few pages in your Bible to Psalm 118 you find a similar narrative about trials and tribulations, and you will find that same phrase used five times in the twenty-nine verses, “His faithful love endures forever”. Then keep going to Psalm 136 and you find it again, only this time the phrase is used twenty-six times in twenty-six verses! “His faithful love endures forever. His faithful love endures forever. His faithful love endures forever.” And on and on and on, twenty-six times in twenty-six verses.
Do you think God might be trying to tell us something? Do you believe it is true that His faithful love for you endures forever? Then the question becomes, “If I know it’s true that God’s love for me endures forever, and if I know that He is good and that He has power and control over all the issues in my life, then why don’t I trust Him more?”
In a previous devotional in this series I wrote about how it is that our faith needs to go from our head to our heart. Head knowledge has to become a heartfelt certainty. What we know to be true of God theoretically has to become a heartfelt truth for us in actual experience.
There are two things we can do to help make that happen. First, spend time slowly reading and meditating on Psalms 107 and 136. Sit quietly before God and let the truth expressed in those verses really sink deep into your heart. Then shift your thinking to the times in the past when God has carried you through difficult trials. Really spend time with this. Consider how many times in the past He has helped you, carried you, delivered you.
Then trust Him for the present and for the future. He was there for you in the past, He is still here for you now, and He will continue to be there for you in the future. His faithful love endures forever.