Thank you Lord!

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Psalm 86:5  ESV

This is today’s verse of the day from Bible Gateway.  I love receiving a verse every day and read it usually first thing in the morning.  Today’s verse led me to read the entire Psalm 86.  What a blessing it is to know we have God’s steadfast love always!   He will forgive us for our wrongdoings, so long as we reach out to Him, confessing and repenting of them.  He is always there to listen to our prayers, never getting tired of them even when they seem to us to be repetitious and we are sure He is sick of us.  In fact, he delights in us when we reach out to Him.

It always seems amazing to see the wonderful things He does in our lives. I have experienced His love and His support through many trials.  I have learned that He sometimes will close doors on us, but he always will open a new door, a better door, when we put our faith in him.  How wonderful He is!

As I sit here writing this, I am looking out and enjoying the beautiful sunshine we have today–one of God’s great gifts of beauty he so freely gives us, of which there are many.  How can any of us look around us at the beauty He has created in this world and not know that there is truly a God in Heaven!

As a well-known hymn so simply says:

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul,
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole;
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free.

I share with you here, from the English Standard Version (ESV), Psalm 86 in its entirety.   May it bless your day!

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

A Prayer of David.

86 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am godly;
    save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.
Be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all the day.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
    for you answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and worship before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    that I may walk in your truth;
    unite my heart to fear your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
    you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me;
    a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
    and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
    give your strength to your servant,
    and save the son of your maidservant.
17 Show me a sign of your favor,
    that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
    because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

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