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Thankfulness for His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

by on November 26, 2021

Key Scripture: Psalm 136:1-3 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Read Psalm 136)

When David wrote this particular Psalm he repeated the phrase, “for his steadfast love endures forever!” We immediately see how important this phrase is given the repetition—26 times at the end of each of the 26 verses! Let’s start by defining some terms and then dig into why this particular psalm is so important for the original audience as well as us today. Steadfast, defined by Webster’s Dictionary, means firmly fixed in place, immovable, not subject to change, and loyal. God’s love for His people is all of this. It endures (lasts) forever! Endures means to continue to exist in the same state or condition.

David also lists the reasons that God is good—that His steadfast love does endure forever. Matthew Henry’s commentary shows how David arranged this psalm as follows:

  • verses 1-3: God is over all creation

  • verses 5-9: God is Creator

  • verses 10-22: God is Savior to Israel

  • verses 23-24: God is Rescuer

  • verses 25-26: repeats that God is over all

In order to encourage and remind the people of God, the priests would sing and have the people sing these verses. The repetition serves as an important reminder. God wants us to understand and remember—His goodness, His protection, and His deliverance. Just as God’s people were invited to praise Him as the one true God who works miraculous wonders, so are we as we read these verses!

So what can we glean from this psalm? God was over all, Creator, Savior, Rescuer to His people in David’s time.

Questions to Consider:

In what ways have you experienced the steadfast love of God in your life? Take some time to write down how you have seen Him show His power and wonder? Start with reading the entire chapter of Psalm 136 to see how faithful He was to the Israelites.

Prayer Prompts:

  • Father, thank you for your steadfast love that endures forever! Thank God for being God over all, Creator, Savior, and Rescuer!

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