2 Chronicles 6-7, Psalm 136: Something Worth Repeating

Psalm 136 has 26 verses, and each second line of every verse says this:

For His steadfast love endures forever

The Psalm begins with an introduction in verse 1-3 and a conclusion in verse 26. Together they read:

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever…
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

The body of the Psalm is broken up into 4 parts, each part dedicated to a different work of the Lord. Part 1, verses 4-9, offers thanksgiving to the Lord for His mighty acts of creation. Part 2, verses 10-16, is filled with thanks for God’s deliverance of His people out of slavery. In Part 3, verses 17-22, the Psalmist thanks the Lord for providing and inheritance for His people. And Part 4, verses 23-25, thanks the Lord for His ongoing provisions for His people and the whole earth.

It is truly a beautiful song and one that keeps in sharp focus the reason for Gods mighty acts of creation and deliverance and sustenance, namely that His steadfast love is never-ending. God does not and has never diminished in the love that He has for His people, and He shows that love in the most amazing ways.

The greatest of these ways is what God did for us in Christ. Because of Jesus, we can thank the Lord for not only physical creation, but the fact that we are born again, part of His new creation. Because of Jesus, we thank the Lord for delivering us out of eternal slavery and securing “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, unfading, kept in heaven for (us)” 1 Peter 1:4. And we thank the Lord that He is continually providing for us, sustaining us, and satisfying us through the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, and His steadfast love endures forever!

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