“Hodu le-Adonai Ki-Tov, Ki Le-olam Chasdo.” Give thanks to the Lord for His is good; for His mercy endures forever!
These are words that appear in the Hebrew Bible a number of times. The psalmist uses these words often. In Psalm 136, not only does the psalm begin with an invitation to give thanks, but the phrase, “for his love endures forever” runs through the entire psalm. This “give thanks” admonishment also appears in other psalms as well (e.g. Psalm 106, 107, and 118).
The phrase also appears in the amazing story of 2 Chronicles 20. Here is the context: Three invading armies from the east side of the Dead Sea have advanced as far as Engedi. This biblical city of Engedi, a water source for this region, was located on the western side of the Dead Sea and only a little more than 20 miles from Jerusalem to the west. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, learns of this advancement. What does he do about it? He calls a “prayer meeting” in Jerusalem. So while people gather to seek God’s guidance and direction through prayer and fasting, these words are shared with the people –“Hodu le-Adonai Ki-Tov, Ki Le-olam Chasdo.”
In other words, Jehoshaphat invites his people to give thanks in advance of God’s intervening direction. He invites them to give thanks to God in anticipation of God’s help. In the end, as the king walks to a place that overlooks Engedi (a place referred to in the text as the “Ascent of Ziz”) and the potential battle field, God causes these three invading armies from the east to ambush one another! Not one single Israelite sword is raised in the victory God brought that day!
Thanksgiving Day is a time to say, “Hodu le-Adonai Ki-Tov, Ki Le-olam Chasdo.” Perhaps this would be a good Hebrew phrase for you to memorize! It’s a biblical phrase that prompts us to offer our gratitude to God!
Here are other thanksgiving verses to consider today:
“From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.”
“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
2 Corinthians 9:11-12
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
1 Timothy 4:4-5
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received withthanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”
“I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.”
“The sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, “Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever.” For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the LORD.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!