Monday, October 15, 2007

Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

- Psalm 136:1

This psalm, like so many others, declares the goodness and greatness of God by recalling His mighty deeds. As His deeds are retold, we are told time and again to give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and that his love endures forever.

I have come to understand the importance of being able to remember the things that God has done for us. Over the past sixteen months I have been journaling more regularly than I ever have before. I've tried in the past, but was never very consistent. But over the past sixteen months I haven't gone for more than a few days without making an entry. By doing this, I have been able to look back and recall things that the Lord has done or spoken to me through His Word. These things have been especially encouraging for me on days when I really need encouragement. It is also a great testament to the Lord's faithfulness and love. Truly He is good and His love endures forever.

If you've never kept a diary or journal, I would encourage you to do so. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, and you don't have to be an eloquent writer. The words are between you and God alone. I think you'll be amazed at how your relationship with Him will strengthen as you praise Him, ask Him questions, and jot down His words for you. You will also be able to see the consistency of the Lord as time goes on. To give one example - I had come across a book I had started to journal in at least four years ago. The page I happened to open it up to had a verse on it - Zechariah 3:17. This verse has become quite precious to me during the past sixteen months, and it was amazing to me that the Lord had been speaking those words to me at least that long ago, if not further back. Had I never written that down I would have missed an opportunity to marvel over the Lord's love and mercy. Don't you let a chance like that pass you by!

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