136 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: 

The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

-Psalm 136:1-9 (KJV)

In a time like we live in now, it may be hard to give thanks to our Lord. A virus is overtaking the world. Civil unrest is happening all through our land. Sad news seems to dominate our newspapers, blogs and TV’s. How can we be thankful in times like these? We can, and we must. 

This is one thing that I really like about reading the Psalms. In them, you find peace, comfort, hope and just about anything we need to live for the Lord. I remember years ago, my Mom spent a night in the hospital. It was hard on her, and hard on our family. But, she told me she spent time reading the Psalms while in the hospital. My Mom took comfort in them. Next time you need something to be thankful for, to be comforted by or to put your hope in, just turn to the Psalms. 

I encourage you to read the entire Psalm 136 to get the full picture. This Psalm is all about giving thanks, and maybe these verses can help jumpstart your thankfulness. In verses 1-9, the Psalmist gives us 3 thins to be thankful for. 

To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

We can thank God for His great wonders. There are all kinds of “wonders” in our world today. You got the 7 wonders of the world, the 12 wonders of the ancient world and many more. Have you ever seen or visited any of them? Last year, Dad and I had the opportunity to take a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean islands. One of our stops was in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Upon entering the harbor, you are greeted with the structure that is pictured above. It is called Castillo San Felipe del Morrow, a fort built in the 16th century. Around 500 years ago. That’s a long time ago. When we saw the fort from the ship, I thanked God that I was able to see something like that. Ever seen the Grand Canyon? I haven’t, but heard it’s a sight to behold. Thank God for that natural beauty. Look around your area, and see things that God has created, and then thank Him for those.

To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Another thing you can thank God for is His wisdom. It was in His wisdom that He created the earth and everything around us. It was in His wisdom that He created the Sun, Moon and stars. It was in His wisdom that He created you. One thing I always wish I did on a cruise was find the “secret decks” and look up and see the stars and the heavens. Maybe one day. But take time, today, to thank Him for the rain, the sunshine, the beauty of His creation that was made in His wisdom.

To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Finally, you can thank Him for His creation. You can thank Him for the wonders of His creation. you can thank Him for the wisdom to make the creation. Now, thank Him for the creation itself. Looking out my window, I can sometimes see the very tops of the Great Smoky Mountains. I love those mountains, and I feel there is no where on earth more beautiful than there. 

My friends, take time and thank God for what you see. That’s always a good place to start. Once you start a time of thankfulness, it will become easier and easier to find things to be thankful for. Think about it!

-Gerry Snyder, Jr.