November 10, 2020 | Dan Low
In the midst of their most agonizing moments, ancient Israel discovers a truth that we must always remember: Our faithful God never forgets his promises. Even when we encounter adversity and uncertainty, we remain grounded and hopeful knowing that the Lord graciously keeps his promises.
Wearing the hats of songwriter/poet/historian, the psalmist prompts us to seek the Lord’s face with our whole heart: “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (Psalm 105:3-4). In a season when our hearts turn toward the Lord with gratitude, we praise his holy name because “he remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac” (105:8-9).
In a historical psalm, the writer rehearses the incredibly historic ways that God acted on Israel’s behalf in delivering them out of Egypt. Miracle after miracle, the Lord came through on his promises to bless his people and the surrounding nations through them. From the spectacular plagues in Egypt to his supernatural provision through the wilderness, God’s people experienced his faithful care.
Thanksgiving provides us with the perfect occasion to remember that our good and trustworthy God never forgets his promises. Like Israel, we are the beneficiaries of the Lord’s faithful care for us. So we wait for his provision for our needs. We trust in his answer to our prayers. We look to his compassion in our disappointments. We rest in his protection through our fears. We depend on his wisdom in our choices. We bank on his leadership for our nation. At the end of the day, let’s look to the Lord and glory in his holy name. Let’s always seek the face of our God and rejoice in his awesome presence.