Psalm 107:1-3 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is fitting to consider our thankfulness, moreover, thankfulness for the greatest of provisions – redemption from sin, a path from death to life, and more, a relationship with the Living God! Among the greatest of our ‘possessions’ is our possession of everlasting life, a thing not earned, but a gift bestowed in in steadfast love worked out by a gracious Savior whose love and grace unendingly abounds.
Paul gives us insight into our dreadful condition when he writes And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…and were by nature children of wrath…but God, being rich in mercy…made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved (Eph. 2:1-5). Our greatest need has never been material – food, clothing, shelter, or other, but was and is our need to be brought into right relationship with the Lord, a thing always just outside natural grasp. Scripture, however, makes clear what isimpossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27).
Today, consider your salvation: God, who had neither necessity nor exigence to provide a way of atonement, mercifully gifted you and I with eternal life. As you trust in the Lord to meet your greatest need, remember also, if He can meet the greatest, He can surely meet the other – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Mat. 6:33).
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens (Psalm 8:1)