“O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy.”
-Psalm 107:1-2 KJV
I'm going back to the old King James translation this month for tradition's sake. Somehow, it feels more poetic. I didn't realize verse one is identical to Psalm 136:1.
Being redeemed is a great thing and nothing to be taken for granted. How is it that the mistakes we've made, whether by omission or commission, God remembers no more? He casts them as far away as the east is from the west. The musical group, Casting Crowns, didn't make that up in their powerful anthem. King David did. Go ahead: give it a listen.
You and I don't forget those mistakes easily, and we often live with the consequences of them. Nevertheless, God no longer holds them to our account if we've repented and asked Jesus to cover them with His shed blood. As hard as it is to conceive of God erasing our sins from His memory, consider this: He also figures out a way to use our mistakes to bring about blessings in our lives. Huh? How can He do that? But so often, it happens. That's just one more reason why He deserves the moniker, The Great Redeemer.
Of all the blessings of life - a godly wife, wonderful place to live, exciting work to do, strong heritage and family upbringing, rich life experiences, good health - I can't think of a better blessing than resting in the palm of God's hand.
What about you? What are you grateful for in this season of Thanksgiving? I would love to hear from you.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
-Romans 8:28 KJV