Psalm 118:1

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Devotional Thoughts

By David Wilkerson

The Bible promises that it is possible to understand the Lord's lovingkindness. What is that key? King David said, “Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord(Psalm 107:43).

David received an awesome revelation of God's gracious, forgiving heart. And he discovered it simply by looking at God's past record of dealing with his beloved children. David reports it this way:

"Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way. . . . Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalm 107:5–8).

When the children of Israel wandered away from the Lord, they became hungry, thirsty and lost because of sin. But then they cried out to the Lord and what happened? "He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness” (107:9).

Yet again they rebelled and backslid, falling even lower. Again we read: "Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble . . . He sent His word and healed them" (107:19-20).

Finally, God's people again came to their wits' end. A storm raged and their souls melted with trouble: "Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still" (107:28-29).

David responded to this revelation, "Look how easily God's heart is moved. Oh, how quickly he responds to the cries of his children. There is no end to his mercies."

Beloved, you don't have to continue in agony and guilt. Instead, go to the Lord, cry out and confess to him. He is a tender Father who is touched by your every cry.