Mission 11/22

Focus: Modern Investments

Week Four Devotional: “Thankful”

Scripture Lesson: Psalm 118: 1-18

Psalm 118:1-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy

118 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Let Israel now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

I called on the Lord in distress;
The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me,
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
11 They surrounded me,
Yes, they surrounded me;
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
12 They surrounded me like bees;
They were quenched like a fire of thorns;
For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall,
But the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.[a]

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation
Is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.


  1. Psalm 118:14 Compare Exodus 15:2

Psalm 118:1-18 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The Lord Is Always Merciful

118 Tell the Lord
    how thankful you are,
    because he is kind
    and always merciful.

Let Israel shout,
    “God is always merciful!”
Let the family of Aaron
the priest shout,
    “God is always merciful!”
Let every true worshiper
of the Lord shout,
    “God is always merciful!”

When I was really hurting,
    I prayed to the Lord.
    He answered my prayer,
    and took my worries away.
The Lord is on my side,
    and I am not afraid
    of what others can do to me.
With the Lord on my side,
    I will defeat all
    of my hateful enemies.
It is better to trust the Lord
    for protection
    than to trust anyone else,
    including strong leaders.

10 Nations surrounded me,
    but I got rid of them
    by the power of the Lord.
11 They attacked from all sides,
    but I got rid of them
    by the power of the Lord.
12 They swarmed around like bees,
but by the power of the Lord,
    I got rid of them
    and their fiery sting.
13 Their attacks were so fierce
that I nearly fell,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 My power and my strength
come from the Lord,
    and he has saved me.

15 From the tents of God’s people
come shouts of victory:
    “The Lord is powerful!
16 With his mighty arm
the Lord wins victories!
    The Lord is powerful!”

17 And so my life is safe,
    and I will live to tell
    what the Lord has done.
18 He punished me terribly,
    but he did not let death
    lay its hands on me.

Audio Bible

Study Texts:  Psalm 119:97-104

Objective: To recognize the availability of the Bible in various formats for reading, listening, and studying.

~Devotional and Lesson by Dianne Prince

Psalm 119:97-104New King James Version (NKJV)

97 Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:97-104Contemporary English Version (CEV)

97 I deeply love your Law!
    I think about it all day.
98 Your laws never leave my mind,
    and they make me much wiser
    than my enemies.
99 Thinking about your teachings
    gives me better understanding
    than my teachers,
100 and obeying your laws
makes me wiser
    than those
    who have lived a long time.
101 I obey your word
    instead of following a way
    that leads to trouble.
102 You have been my teacher,
    and I won’t reject
    your instructions.
103 Your teachings are sweeter
    than honey.
104     They give me understanding
    and make me hate all lies.

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