Wednesday, January 01, 2014

January 1, 2014 … A New Year’s Attitude of Gratitude

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 1

Devotional Song: Go to this link  – to hear a remarkable acapella arrangement of the old, traditional hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, … a prayer of thankfulness for God’s ever present and wondrous mercies.

Highlight Passage #1 - NKJV: Psalm 136: 1 …  
6 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Highlight Context - NKJV: Psalms, Chapter 136… GO TO THIS LINK … 

Reference Passage #1: Lamentations 3: 22-23 … [NKJV] … [Jesus’ prayer for His disciples – that’s you and me, too!] …  
22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; … great is Your faithfulness.

My Journal for Today: New Year! … New Day! … Great is God’s faithfulness!!!

The sun will rise this morning; but even more importantly, the Son is risen every day; and His faithfulness abounds all around us, which is so obvious in what the anonymous psalmist expressed in the very repetitive song he wrote in Psalms, Chapter 136. And I hope you’ve been willing to use the link above to go to, read aloud, and meditate on this unique biblical song. And, of course, the thing which stands out immediately in the 26 verses of this Psalm is the 26 repetitions for one phrase, His mercy endures forever!

And anytime one encounters repetitions of any phrase in the Hebrew language of the Bible, the technique was used by writers in those days to add emphasis with each repetition, representing a crescendo of amplitude in the idea being expressed. So, one can imagine the psalmist, singing verse one in a low voice, raising the amplitude of his voice slightly as he expressed his thankfulness to God; and by the time he got to the 26th verse, he would likely have been almost yelling out His attitude of gratitude for the mercies he felt from God’s faithfulness.

 In the devotional from Our Daily Bread, which I’ll be using daily in 2014, it was pointed out that January, according to many published calendars, is National “Thank You” month. And how appropriate, as we – today – launch into the New Year, that we prayerfully meditating on our thankfulness to God for His mercies, which according to another verse I memorized years ago, is new every morning. So, as I contemplate the New Year ahead, my remembrance of Jeremiah’s expression of thankfulness in Lamentations 3: 22-23 just bubbled out of my consciousness on this New Year’s Day; and I was so touched to find and link any fellow readers on this holiday to a wonderful acapella arrangement of the old hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness. Oh how I do hope you’ve taken the time to joing me to watch/listen to the You Tube sequence to which I’ve linked you, perhaps, like me, dwelling on the attached photo and thinking on the many blessings which God has bestowed on our lives as we move into the New Year. 

 For sure, … GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS; … and most certainly, … ”His mercy endures forever!”
My Prayer for Today … Lord, I am so blessed by Your mercy, love, and grace, which endure daily and forever in my life. … Amen

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