(He is the Lord of lords. Talk about how He is ruler over all kings and governments.)

4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever;

(He does great wonders. Have children name some of the great wonders in their own lives.)

5-6 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever; To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, For His mercy endures forever;

(God is wise. God created the heavens and the earth. Talk about why it is important to know that a good, wise God created all things. Psalms 100:3, “It is He that hath made us and not we ourselves.” Talk about the false god of evolution.)

7-9 To Him who made great lights, For His mercy endures forever; The sun to rule by day, For His mercy endures forever; The moon and stars to rule by night, For His mercy endures forever.

(He cares for us and provided light in the darkness. Talk about how Jesus is the light that came down from heaven to bring light to our darkness.)

10-11 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, For His mercy endures forever; And brought out Israel from among them, For His mercy endures forever;

(Talk about the greatness of God in delivering His children from the wickedness of Egypt. Talk about how the children of Israel were saved from death by the blood of the lamb over their doorposts. Tell how Jesus is the lamb that was slain to deliver us from death and bring us eternal life. Don’t forget to write these things on the slips of paper.)

12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, For His mercy endures forever;

(God is strong. Talk about the arm of God. Why is His strong arm important in our own lives?)

13-15 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, For His mercy endures forever; And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His mercy endures forever; But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, For His mercy endures forever;

(Talk about God’s miraculous deeds. Talk about how God not only delivers His children, but also defeats their enemies. Write down why you are thankful for this.)

16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His mercy endures forever;

(Talk about how God provided a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night as He led His people. Talk about how God provided for all their needs in the wilderness. How does God lead you? How does He provide for you? Write it down.)

17-20 To Him who struck down great kings, For His mercy endures forever; And slew famous kings, For His mercy endures forever — Sihon king of the Amorites, For His mercy endures forever; And Og king of Bashan, For His mercy endures forever;

(Talk about God’s sovereignty in placing and replacing kings according to His plan. How does this show His mercy? Has He placed authority in your life? Who has He put in authority and why is that good?)

21-22 And gave their land as a heritage, For His mercy endures forever; A heritage to Israel His servant, For His mercy endures forever.

(God gives us an inheritance in Jesus Christ. What is an inheritance? Why is it good?)

23 Who remembered us in our lowly state, For His mercy endures forever;

(God thinks about us. He remembers us. He knows us. The God of heaven actually considers and communes with mortal men.)

24 And rescued us from our enemies, For His mercy endures forever;

(God rescues us. How has God rescued each family member?)

25 Who gives food to all flesh, For His mercy endures forever.

(God feeds everyone. The rain falls on the just and the unjust to show His mercy. Jesus is the Bread of Life for all who will partake. He fills not only the hunger of our flesh, but more importantly, the hunger of our souls.)

26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.

(From the earth below to the heavens above, He is God and He is worthy of our thanks. Not only that, He is worthy of our lives. His mercy endures forever -- one of the greatest reasons to give thanks!)

Before you feast on food, feast on Him who gives us richly all things to enjoy.

Deborah Wuehler is the devotional and e-newsletter editor for  The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Deborah lives in Roseville, Calif., with her husband Richard and their seven gifts from heaven. You may e-mail Deborah at Devotions@TheHomeschoolMagazine.com. Also, visit her blog at www.HomeschoolBlogger.com/devdoordeborah.

This article originally published Nov. 15, 2006

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