"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever."
For many of us, this verse was familiar even before it was mentioned a few weeks ago in another post. Maybe we saw it in a picture fame in a friend's house. Maybe it is in a picture frame hanging in YOUR house. Perhaps we are so familiar with it because we hear and say it every Thanksgiving. Or maybe because it shows up several times in the Bible.
According to one internet source that I use to look up Scripture, this verse appears no less than 10 times. If we take into account tiny variations, we would find several more. No matter because the point remains the same; we are to give thanks to God because He is good and His love is for all eternity.
One great principle from Bible Study Methods is to pay attention to things that are repeated. Since this verse appears so often, perhaeps we should spend some time focusing on what it is trying to teach us.
"He is good."
One thing that I really like about this phrase, is that it declares that God is good. It is not that He does good things (He does of course), but He Himself IS good. That is to say, His character and nature are good.
This is why we can trust verses like Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." and Ephesians 1:9 "He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ."
"His love endures forever."
As with goodness, we know that God is love. Everything that God does is filtered through His love for us. He loved - so He gave Himself (John 3:16). He loved - so we could love Him and others (I John 4:19). He loved - despite our sin, He died for us (Romans 5:8). We could easily find many other ways that God shows His love - He adopts us, He gives us the Spirit, He gives peace, He prepared a place in eternity with Him, etc...
And the other amazing part about these demonstrations of God's love, they are eternal. We will be able to enjoy them forever.
Let me finish by sharing a really cool verse, Acts 4:20. In this verse, Peter and John declared, "As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard." My prayer is to be so thankful for the goodness and love of God, that I "cannot help but speak about what I have seen and heard."