‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures for ever.’ Psalm 107.1
Who is ‘entitled’ to be helped by God? Thankfully there are many ways in which help can be made available to people nowadays, but in order to get the help it is important to find out whether they are entitled to receive it. The difficulty is when people discover that they are not! So how do we know whether or not we are entitled to receive help from God?
One means is to look at the people who were helped in the Bible to see whether we might fall into the same category as them. Psalm 107 gives us a number of categories and looks at the help that God provided. Before we look at these over the next few days, we are going to focus on the first verse.
The psalm begins with what is one of the most common phrases in the Bible, ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures for ever.’ As we begin to seek the Lord’s help, this is the attitude that the Bible encourages us to have in our hearts – a recognition that God is good and his love will never fail.
Whatever your circumstances, as you come to God have this refrain in your heart and on your lips – ‘You are good; your loves endures for ever’. Whether you are happy, confused, full of pain or in desperate need, this is a truth for all of us: ‘God is good and his love endures for ever.’
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