Psalm 136

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

A major theme of this psalm is God’s love which is both steadfast and eternal. It is repeated over and over in the psalm and enlarged in its explanation. Perhaps we need to hear it over and over again because we forget its truth or perhaps because we have trouble believing it. Perhaps we just need to be reminded of the thanksgiving part.

I suppose all three of these things are true. The nation of Israel to whom this psalm was written had a bad habit of forgetting the goodness of God and also that He never forsook them but the other way around. They got in so much trouble because of their lack of belief in the promises of God and the penalty for that unfaithfulness led them to think that God no longer loved them. Even when He showed that love and that goodness they thanked idols and turned their back of the One who saved them.

I suppose we would never do that in today’s world. We have so much. We thank our government or our employers or maybe our good luck. We have one small setback or even a major tragedy, and we immediately assume that God is not good. We look at evil and wrongdoing and believe it’s a commentary on God. We don’t need any interference in our lives before we are sure we are in Job’s lot; that somehow God no longer loves us. We think that because we are not steadfast in our love that God is like us, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Task for Today: If you haven’t been doing it, this is a great day to give thanks to God for His goodness and steadfast love. Don’t measure God by yourself. You have bad days; He doesn’t. You forget your first love; He never forgets you. Thank God for His goodness; not just to the world in general but to you personally.

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