Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good, His Love Endures Forever

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NAHUM 1:1-3:19 | REVELATION 8:1-13 | PSALM 136:1-26 | PROVERBS 30:7-9

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They turned from their wicked ways and repented when Jonah came and preached to them, but that was a hundred years ago. 

It seems that the people in the town of Nineveh were now even worse than when they were spared, and so: enter Nahum, another prophet.  We commence today another book of prophecy that bears the name of the prophet, Nahum.

Nahum makes it clear that the goodness of God is in no question. He says:

7 The LORD is good,
   a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him

And yet, God’s anger is not an abstract concept.  When the time comes, you may hear this.  Speaking as God’s mouthpiece, Nahum says:

13 “I am against you,”
   declares the LORD Almighty.
“I will burn up your chariots in smoke,
   and the sword will devour your young lions.
   I will leave you no prey on the earth.
The voices of your messengers
   will no longer be heard.”

Would you not care to be on the good side of this GodWhy would you not want to accept the love offered by this God? 

Although we have no clear reason for it, we have plenty of evidence that the children of Israel willfully turned their backs on their God time and time again.  Which is why there were so many prophets sent to alert them to their follies and to allow them to turn back.

Turning next to our reading in the book of Revelation, we continue with the opening of the seventh seal and the angels with trumpets.  To have a half-hour of silence throughout heaven in the opening of that seventh seal is one of the most striking points to me in these verses. 

Next, our Psalm for the day is one of the most vehemently assertive psalms of praise.  It is a vociferous and relentless determination to repeat the most important characteristic of God:  His love endures forever. 

Here is a chronological list of all the ways and times that God’s love has endured to the people of Israel.  And today, some four thousand years later, I wish to echo David, the Psalmist, in saying:

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
            His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
            His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
            His love endures forever.

Many years later, his son, Solomon, pens words of wisdom in the book of Proverbs which could ring true to each one of us even today:

7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
   do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
   give me neither poverty nor riches,
   but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
   and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
   and so dishonor the name of my God.

May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.  Amen.

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