Wednesday June 5 2019

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Scripture: Psalm 118

Key verses: (2-4)

Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Let the house of Aaron say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Let those who fear the Lord say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Reflection: This psalm is a song of thanksgiving. The opening verse and the last verse call us to gratitude: “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.” Then, in the key verses above, the writer creates a litany or a “call and response.” The repeated line for everyone to say is “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Take a moment now to reflect on your life with gratitude. What are the ways you have experienced God’s love and care? When have you been aware of God’s forgiveness? When have you known the presence of Jesus Christ with you? What are the particular blessings from God in your life?

As you think through your thanksgivings, repeat to yourself “His steadfast love endures forever.” Memorize that line and pray it throughout your day whenever you experience God’s care and grace. Or when you sit down for a meal today with friends or family, take turns sharing joyful moments and then saying together “His steadfast love endures forever.” Or consider writing down a list of your thanksgivings tonight and create your own prayer litany by repeating “His steadfast love endures forever” after each one. These simple practices will help you grow in spiritual gratitude. The repetitive reminder of God’s enduring love will nurture your peace and your joy.

Prayer: O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. The Lord is my strength and my might. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. Amen.

Author: Millie Snyder

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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