1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever. (Psalm 118.1 NIV)
It is one thing to give thanks to the Lord when everything is going just as you planned, but what about when the bottom drops out, when troubles have hit and there is no end in sight? As you read through this Psalm, notice all of the ways the author describes how he was about to fall, but “the Lord helped me.” How has God helped you when you were down? Did you thank him?
How do you typically react when your life hits a rough patch? Where do you turn first? How can you turn to God’s faithfulness first?
Whether the psalmist knew it our not, there are several allusions to Jesus, the coming Messiah, in this psalm. Where are they and why do you think the psalmist mentions these specific things?
How much confidence can you have in your life–even in the hard times–knowing that God’s love endures forever?