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TELL THE LORD, THANK YOU ... HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER

Praise the LORD! 

Psalm 106 begins the way Psalm 105 ended, saying hallelujah! Psalm 105 gave praise because of God’s many gifts and blessings to Israel. Psalm 106 gives praise because of God’s great mercy to an often rebellious and ungrateful Israel. 

The Psalmist starts this Psalm thanking and praising the LORD for His goodness and mercy, which endures forever. He says, those who keep the LORD’S judgment and are righteous all the time are blessed. How many of us fit into that category? We all fall short from time to time in spite of our best efforts.   

The Psalmist confesses to the LORD that they have sinned against Him and have done wickedly like their fathers. He recounts how their ancestors didn’t understand the wondrous works of the LORD in Egypt. Nor did they remember how merciful God was to them. They provoked the LORD at the Red Sea when Moses led them out of Egypt, but He still saved them for His sake. He made His mighty power known by causing the Red Sea to part and allowing the Israelites to walk through on dry land. He saved them from the enemy when he rolled the Red Sea back over them (Exodus 14). Not one of their enemies was left standing. As the Israelites marveled at His wondrous works they believed His words and sang His praises (Exodus 15:1).  

I like that way what Charles Spurgeon explains this, “Since man ceases not to be sinful, it is a great blessing that Jehovah ceases not to be merciful.”  

What does God have to do to get our attention and cause us to believe His Word and praise His holy name? Maybe it starts with an attitude of gratitude. It is November, you know, and a great month for us to dwell in thankfulness and thoughts of His great mercy towards us.

 

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FORGETTING THE PAST AND REACHING TOWARDS THE FUTURE WITH CHRIST

Philippians 3:13-14   

“Brothers, I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press towards the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Yesterday is gone and will never return. (Can I hear just one amen out there?) We can no longer grab ahold of it. It is time to continue moving forward with confidence and assurance in Christ Jesus for there is a prize to be won only by looking forward unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith and not looking back.

The Apostle Paul declares in this text that he has not made it on his own. In viewing the past he knew that if it had not been for the Lord, he would not be where he was at the time of his writing this text.

The Apostle Paul in viewing his life realizes that it is because of Christ that He can boldly declare these words.  He knew without a doubt that “true victory” is only found in Christ and no one or nothing else. 

The call today is to forget the past and focus on your future with Christ Jesus.

Forget all those past hurts, pains, failures, disappointments, and misunderstandings that you can’t go back and change.  Let them go!!! You cannot change the past!

In forgetting our past, we allow the “open doors” of opportunities that lead to eternity with Christ to swing wide open once we begin to move forward in Christ Jesus.

The enemy of our minds wants to continue to hold us hostage to our past, but God, the Lord of the universe is trying to push us forward into His future with us.

Let's call up a few witnesses. The Apostle Paul himself was persecutor of the believers. He had to let go of his past after his experience on the road to Damascus so that he would be able to move forward into his future ministry that God had already planned and called him to before the foundation of the world.

Moses let the past behind when he left his position as Prince in Pharaoh's palace in order for God to use him mightily in delivering His people from Egyptian bondage.

Abraham had to leave his homeland of Ur behind in order for Him to enter into the fullness of God's future promises for him and his seed.

Let go of your past that God is calling you from and allow Him to move you forward into that which He has for your future?  Allow God to work that miracle of a changed life each and every day as you walk into each new day.  Did I forget to mention that Paul says we are to press on "towards the goal to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Can’t wait till tomorrow…  How about you? 

 

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