Daily Easter Devotion, Wednesday May 14

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – Psalm 118; Exodus 33:1-23; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and Matthew 5:17-20

Today, I’m going to focus upon Psalm 118 and verses that stand together and alone.

Psalm 118 – 1   O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures forever! …..

The liturgy for the prayer of thanksgiving, the prayer we pray before receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion includes these words.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Truly we can begin all our prayers by giving thanks to God. I once read that when we don’t know what to pray, we can pray “Thank You, O God.” And then be silent before God.

14  The LORD is my strength and my might;
he has become my salvation. …

I’d say, The Lord is my strength and my might, God is my salvation. Thanks be to God.

20  This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it. ….

This past Sunday we heard Jesus our Lord say, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.” (John 10:7b) Our righteousness comes only through Jesus. Thanks be to God, for His Son who is the Good Shepherd and the gate for all His sheep.

22  The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone. ….

This coming Sunday we’ll be hearing how we are God’s living stones and thanks to Jesus who is our chief cornerstone we can be built up as His holy temple. See 1 Peter 2:2-10.

24  This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I begin many a day with those words. Good way to start each and every day.

28  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God, I will extol you.

29  O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

As we began, so we end. It is always good to give thanks to the Lord. Sometimes life gets so rough that it may hard to be thankful, yet I believe each and every day holds reasons for thankfulness. We may have to turn over many a rock but under each one is some new life.

The other day, Mackenzie found a baby “Roly-Poly”. I wondered how are they born? Well, much like the Kangaroo, Roly-Polys carry their young in a sack in their underside. Wow, how interesting and how small they must be when they are born.

Today, may you find many reasons to give thanks to God and may you be a reason for others to thank God for you; your life and your love.

O God, thanks be to you the giver of all life. This is the day you have made and are making, let us be glad throughout it. Amen.

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