His love steadfast endures forever
Psalm 136:1 says; “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
As another Thanksgiving Day has past and Christmas is fast approaching, I think it’s a good time to consider who we give thanks to and why give it.
Psalm 136 has 26 verses each one ends with these words; “His love steadfast endures forever.” Each stanza of the Psalm speaks of different aspects of God’s enduring love. The Psalm might have been set up as an “echo” type song, where the Priest would call out a characteristic of God’s love, then the worshipers would respond in unison with; “His steadfast love endures forever!” I encourage you to read the entire Psalm, but here I’d like to consider eight different elements of God’s enduring love from our Psalm.
God’s goodness. (Verse 1)
Do you know that God is good? In a world of evil, in life where you may experience pain and sorrow, God’s goodness is a solid place to rest. Even as Jesus said; “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). So the goodness of God was demonstrated by Christ as he laid down his life as a ransom for sin. “Give Him thanks!”
God is Almighty (Verse 2-3).
He is the God of God’s and Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lord’s. “Give Him thanks!”
God is the creator. (Verse 4-9)
All of creation sings praise to God, he made the heavens and the earth and as you consider creation you see the beauty of God whose love endures forever. “Give Him thanks!”
God is the deliverer. (Verse 10-15)
Like Israel was delivered from the bondage of Egypt so believers in Christ are delivered from the bondage of sin, the thing that keeps us from relationship with God. “Give Him thanks!”
God is the protector. (Verses 16-20)
When Israel went through the land God gave them it was God’s hand of protection that gave them victory over their enemies. The Lord Jesus continues to protect his children from the enemy of our souls. “Give Him thanks!”
God is the provider. (Verses 21-22)
God provided for Israel water from a rock, bread from heaven, and all they needed. Jesus speaking about life’s needs said not to worry because God will provide what you need, than he gave us a priority; “…Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you…” (Matthew 6:33-34). “Give Him thanks!”
God gives mercy. (Verse 23-25)
The Psalm says; God remembers us; “in our low estate.” God grants mercy to those who do not deserve it and gives grace to all who call upon Jesus. “Give Him thanks!”
God is God. (Verse 26)
Finally, our Psalm points back to where it started, who God is. We give him thanks because he demonstrated his love by sending his son to save those who were alienated from him. Now whoever trusts in Christ has eternal life. This month as we remember Jesus birth, I encourage you to do as our Psalm says and; “Give Him thanks!”
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.