It’s important for our hearts as believers to take note of certain verses that are repetitive throughout the pages of biblical history. One such verse is this:
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting. (Psalm 107:1)
Here are just a few places in which this foundational truth shows up in scripture:
When King David brought the ark of the Lord into the tent, he gave a psalm of thanks to the Lord, which included: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. ( I Chron. 16:34)
When the temple of Solomon was completed, and then dedicated to the Lord, fire came from heaven, and consumed the sacrifices; and then the temple was filled with the glory of the Lord. The people responded in reverential awe with these words: Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting. (II Chron. 7:3)
Before battle, when King Jehoshaphat was surrounded on all sides, he sought wisdom from the Lord in what to do; and the Lord instructed him and his people to stand firm in faith, and worship Him with these words, Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindess is everlasting. (II Chron. 20:22) Interestingly, and wonder-fully, while the Israilites were singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies and they were defeated (II Chron. 20:22).
This imperitive command, give thanks to the Lord, coupled with two irreversible truths about His character, for He is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, was imprinted on the hearts God’s people and sung from one generation to the next. They are sprinkled throughout the psalms: Ps 100:4,5; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1, 29; 136:1.
Now it’s our turn to sing these ancient words that are forever true. Will you join in the chorus?
Can you give thanks to the Lord right now? Even in the midst of trial or sorrow, believers in Christ can be thankful for this one incomprehensible gift: eternal life. Start here.
Do you believe with all your heart that the Lord is good? If you are doubting this fundamental truth, ask Him to remind you of His vast goodness, found both in His word and in your past walk with Him.
Do you know that His lovingkindness is everlasting? Again, if you don’t feel His lovingkindness right now, go back to your faith. Stand firm and sing praises at the foot of the cross, which is the epitome of everlasting lovingkindness.
As you sing this bedrock phrase over and over in your heart, rest with this amazing thought: the night that Jesus was crucified, he served the Lord’s Supper to His disciples; afterwards, they sang a hymn together (see Mt. 26:30). Within the lines of this traditional Passover hymn, Jesus filled His lungs with absolute resolution and with a merciful melody for all mankind to hear:
The Lord is God, and He has given us light; bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the alter; You are My God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, and I extol You; give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 118:27-29