In the past twelve months, a lot changed in my life. A lot of good mixed in with a few challenges. But that’s been true throughout my journey with the Lord. While God doesn’t change, life does. Change happens as we grow in Christ. Once we were one way. Now we are different. The delta is Christ. From our initial encounter with Him, Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, continues transforming us.
This past year, perhaps longer, given how COVID tilted our sense of time, I’ve spent considerable more time in the Book of Jonah, the Gospel of Mark, and the Letter to the Ephesians. While I have spent time in other books of the Bible, like Psalms and Proverbs, much of my time in the word has focused on these three books.
- Jonah, the son of Amittai the prophet, is the main character in the eponymous book that bears his name. The story centers on Jonah’s unwillingness to submit to God’s will and do what the Lord has called him to do.
- The Gospel of Mark records the main events of the life and teachings of Jesus as evidence to support the belief that Jesus is the true Messiah and that by trusting in Jesus people could find salvation.
- A prison epistle written by the Apostle Paul, the book of Ephesians encourages Christians to walk fruitful and faithful walks of faith in light of the blessings God provided through Christ and assures through the work of the Holy Spirit.
What books of the Bible have you been reading?
A psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
This psalm (or song) was written “for giving thanks,” and sung in the Temple alongside sacrifices of praise. God’s people are exhorted to serve the Lord with joy and gladness because the Lord is the Creator of all things, our sustainer, and our redeemer. Therefore, He alone is worthy of praise. Believers should enter houses of worship with abundant thanksgiving because of God’s goodness and faithfulness.
People everywhere should shout to the Lord with joy, proclaiming He is good, and celebrating His faithfulness to us. Each and every generation experiences God’s goodness, love, and faithfulness. This gives us ample reasons to celebrate!
As believers, this psalm encourages us to meet together in our houses of worship to applaud and adore the Lord for what He has done and continues to do in our lives. In thanksgiving, we give praise to the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.
In our present world, it is easy to lose sight of God’s goodness and the miracles He works in our daily lives. What is God doing in your life? Give Him thanks for all He has done and continues to do as you pick up your cross daily and follow Him.
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!
The Devotional Guy™