May 14, 2018: Oh, Give Thanks to the Lord!
May 14, 2018
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 1-2, Psalm 107, Mark 13:32-37, 2 Corinthians 2:1-12 Psalm 107: “Whoever is wise let him attend to these things.” What things precisely? This psalm is a fairly lengthy one, but it has a simple and straightforward—and very important—message. The pattern goes like this throughout the psalm:
A: Some do various foolish, sinful, rebellious, even evil, things. B: They cry out to God for help. C: God rescues them. D: They give thanks to God.Over and over again, this A-D pattern is repeated throughout the psalm. In a sense, the psalm is saying this is the standard pattern of God’s people. We are rescued people. We are a people who when we cried out to God to rescue us, he came and rescued us. And we are therefore to be a grateful people. The psalm is also saying that if this is a standard pattern, it is also not one that we should endlessly repeat. Let us be faithful to God today, and not go off to some foolish lifestyle or activity that is rebellious against God. But then, also, let us remember that if we come to God humbly, with full sincerity of heart and genuine repentance—if we cry to God, he will hear our cry and come and rescue us. Therefore, as you read this psalm this morning would you:
- Cry out to God to rescue you
- Give thanks to God for his rescue of you
- Be faithful to God in gratitude for what he has done
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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