This psalm of praise begins and ends the same way: “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” The verses in between recount how God’s love has been experienced. “The Lord answered me and set me on a broad place.” “I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me.” “[God has] become my salvation.” “He has given us light.” Much of what we do together in worship is celebrating the many ways that God’s steadfast love is made manifest.
If you were to write your own call to praise, what would you include in the verses? In what ways have you experienced the steadfast love of God? Where do you see God’s steadfast love at work in the lives of others?
There are 29 verses in this psalm. Today, make a list and see if you can name 29 instances of God’s steadfast love. Recite your list as a psalm of praise, bookending it with “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast endures forever!”