oh give thanks unto the Lord-psalm 118

Oh give thanks unto lord 

Psalm 118-

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.”3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.”

4 Let those who fear the LORD say: “His love endures forever.” 5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me? 7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. 8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.

10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they died out as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me.14 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” 17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. 19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. 22 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Whenever, you cry unto the Lord he is there with you and will come and rescue you. And when you cry, you must cry from your heart not under impulse. Many times you become desperate but who can you depend on except God.

When your enemies attack you, know that there is an omnipresent God to protect you and defeat them, and punish them severely. Many rulers trust in their armies, weapons to destroy the enemy, but all you need is the ever present God to defeat them. Nobody can defeat God.

Our God who made this world with nothing, only by the spirit of god, is capable of handling any of your enemies and bring them to ground, rest assured. When you are surrounded by enemies, by the mighty word of God you can cut them off.

Before your eyes they will be destroyed. And when you are pushed back, the Lord will strengthen you. We will rejoice in the name of the lord.

I will not die but live and tell the world what he has done for me. Even though my lord has punished me severely he has not given me over to the hands of the enemy.

When I do wrong god quickly disciplines me by bringing in many afflictions till I change course. This has happened to me many times.

You can not bribe God by offering tithes and offerings. God wants you to worship him daily and live a righteous life.

I will always thank my lord as he has answered all prayers, and through the gates of righteousness,

I will thank the lord as he has become my salvation.

Psalms 56:4 –

  ” In God, whose word I praise—in God, I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me ? “

Here again in this psalm, the psalmist is emphasizing the fact that you must praise God what ever the situation you are facing. In God, I trust, it is important to remember that to trust god means you are not afraid and able to face any bad situation in your life boldly.

You may be on the streets, no shelter, no food and starving to death. Do you know from no where the help comes. This has happened to me many times even though I had shelter.

When I was studying in the USA, many times I was without food, but thanks be to God  he sent strangers to me with love and assistance. I prayed day and night on my knees asking for god’s mercy.

As a human, I was afraid. Sometimes I was sleeping on the cold floor, as I could not afford to buy furniture. Many times my friends ditched me. But God sent help from heaven. What a wonderful god we serve.

Honestly, I was afraid some days when I was sleeping alone in my apartment. I used to work part-time in a retirement village, cleaning the kitchen in the night. I had to work till late night. And I left work around 2 in the morning. And in the cold winter breeze, I cycled 4 miles to my apartment daily.

I was scared, but knew my God was with me as I cycled late night. And I trusted him and nothing happened to me.

What I am trying to get at is as long as you trust God and live a prayerful christian life, there is no need to worry. God will take care of you.

Psalms 56:11-

“in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me ? “

Here, again the psalmist boldly proclaim, that if you trust god there is no need be afraid. It boldly challenges the man. Man was made by God, here I agree with the psalmist. If and as man was created by God, how can man challenge God. No way. Can you challenge your maker.

You may face many enemies in your life time. It could be from you own family, co-workers or even from your close business associates. But know God is supreme to all of them, and there is nothing they can do to harm you if you are steadfast and close to god.

Psalm 34:4-

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

If you seek the Lord in your dark times, he will definitely answer you from heaven. God loves you, and his eyes are always before you. You may be right at bottom in your life, but God is always with you. I remember the song from B.J. Thomas, which goes like ” And he walks with me…”

Know that he is an omnipresent god, he could be in millions of places at the same time, like having trillion eyes. He watches over you. He will deliver from all your fears. We serve a mighty God who never sleeps.

I was in many situations, where I though I would never make it. Due to an auto accident, I used to have a very short memory. When I went to work, I used to forget what I was doing or heard in seconds. This, really embarrassed me.

Once, I was working for an airline at their downtown office. And I had to study in the night after work. I was very tired, and whatever I studied did not stay on my mind. I did not know what to do. And I was supposed to travel to England in a months time. We had to prepare for the final exam there. And we were warned by our supervisor, if we do not pass the final exam, we will not be promoted. Because of the severe concussion that caused my memory lapses, I had a very trying time studying, preparing for this exam. But I did not give up. I prayed to God day and night to give wisdom and memory.

My colleagues got frustrated with me as we were studying together. I would always ask the same questions repeatedly. And they would remind me that they were already covered and there is no need to go through it again

Eventually, we landed in London, in one rainy gloomy afternoon. We had to attend a warm up class the next day. And the instructor briefly went through the course we have been studying, And that very day, we had to write the test.

I started praying to God hoping he will remind me everything I studied so hard despite my memory lapses.Fortunately, it all came through. I remembered all I studied and passed the exam. Praise God for his mercy.

Conclusion-

God’s love endures forever.Whoever trust in the lord and believe he will rescue from any bad, deadly situations in life, will be rescued by him. The whole world can be against you,but he says “because he loves me, I will rescue him” He will rescue you from the deadly serpent,impending accidents, enemies surrounding you from different directions. When you praise and  seek the lord, he will be found and come to your rescue and put at the top of the world.

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