Suggested Reading: Psalms 135-136
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Key Verses: Psalms 135:13, 136:4
Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.
…To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever!
Both Psalms in today’s reading refer to the final and decisive plague on the Egyptians which resulted in freedom for their slaves, the Israelite people (Exodus 12:29-36). This is a high price to pay for the freedom of the slaves in Egypt, but I’ve just finished reading a book on the American Civil War, fought for the cause of freeing the slaves. The Americans paid a much higher price in the death of their sons for a similar cause.
(1) We learn here that God’s gifts and miracles arise from His love!
(2) God protects and cares for His loved ones! God’s daily provision for us is not an accident of nature which was already set in motion.
(3) We eat and drink today because God loves us today!
It’s no wonder that the psalmist repeats 26 times, “His mercy endures forever!”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I’ve just read many reasons as to why I should be thankful! Your Word tells me that Your “Goodness leads …. to repentance!” I pray that this will always be so in my life! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Often over the years I’ve reminded people that the most often repeated verse in the Bible is, “His mercy endures forever.” Another very important verse from God’s Word is, “Whosoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved!” (Romans 10:13). We should never forget 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I have found that many more people struggle with having assurance of salvation than there are those who take God at His Word and rest in the assurance of “His mercy.” This is the result of a lack of emphasis on God’s grace and His unconditional love! I’ve just read Psalm 136 out loud. I dare anyone to join me in this exercise and still doubt God’s mercy and forgiveness!
Today is Billy Graham’s 95th birthday. Crossroads is helping to promote Billy’s latest effort in bringing precious souls to Jesus (click HERE for more about the MY HOPE television campaign and watch the broadcast tonight!). Also, HERE is a link to the first time Billy was on 100 Huntley Street, back in 1978.
Yours for the full assurance of the Presence in our lives of our Saviour and Lord!