Thursday, November 22, 2012

Give Thanks to God, for Good is He {verse 2}

On this Thanksgiving Day, we have much to be thankful for - and as we look at this second verse of this wonderful hymn from the Psalter, we see another reason to give thanks - for God is the creator of the world, and uses His creation to display His glory.

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:11

“O LORD, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth." II Kings 19:15

God tells us that there is no one like Him - we can be thankful because He is the one, true God, the one who could make the heavens.

For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. I Chronicles 16:26

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. Psalm 33:6

He made the heavens, the earth and all that is in it! And all His creation bows down before Him.

You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You. Nehemiah 9:6

God's creation displays His might - the sun that rises, the moon and stars that appear in the night and shine for Him - all of this points to our great God.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

Paul tells us that God's power and divine nature are clearly seen through what has been made, so that even those who don't know Him have no excuse for not recognizing Him.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20

As we enjoy God's creation every day, and marvel at His grace that abides and mercy that never fails as shown to us through our world, let us join with the angels around the throne saying,

“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 7:12

Give Thanks to God, for Good is He
Words from The Psalter

Give thanks to God, for good is He, His grace abideth ever;
To Him all praise and glory be, His mercy faileth never.
His wondrous works with praise record, His grace abideth ever;
The only God, the sovereign Lord, whose mercy faileth never.

His wisdom made the heavens be, His grace abideth ever;
He spread the earth above the sea, His mercy faileth never.
Praise Him whose sun doth bring the day, His grace abideth ever;
The moon and stars His might display, whose mercy faileth never.

He helped us in our deepest woe, His grace abideth ever;
He ransomed us from all our foes, His mercy faileth never.
Each creature’s need He doth supply, His grace abideth ever;
Give thanks to God, enthroned on high, whose mercy faileth never.

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