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Monday, June 6, 2011
Hold Out the Hand
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
~ Psalms 136:1 (NKJV)
In the above passage, the Hebrew word translated "give thanks" is yâdâh. Its literal meaning is "hold out the hand."
We might think of the way a person holds out the hand to beg, or make a request, but something entirely different is indicated here.
This is the response when one has been the recipient of a blessing or gift of too great a value to be able to reciprocate with similar blessing. Under such circumstances, we offer a blessing which money cannot buy—we humbly hold out the hand in gratitude, praise, worship.
Lord, we have no adequate response for the blessing you have poured out upon us. Please accept from us the gratitude, praise and worship offered from hearts overwhelmed by Your love.
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