Advent: “His Faithful Love Endures Forever”
Psalms 136:23-24 — A brief look at the Great Psalm of Praise, in which His followers thank Him for His Creation, providence, protection, and deliverance
Through January 6, I’ll be posting devotionals with an Advent and Epiphany theme to focus our minds on the nativity of Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!
“He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever. He saved us from our enemies. His faithful love endures forever.”
Psalms 136:23-24 NLT
Today we take a look at Psalm 136, which is unique in that all 26 verses repeat the phrase “His faithful love endures forever.” It is thought that this psalm was sung in the synagogue as a call and response, with a Levite or priest calling out a reason to praise God, and His people responding with a simple and memorable answer.
“In Jewish tradition Psalm 136 has been called the Great Hallel (or Great Psalm of Praise). It does not use the words hallelu jah, but it is called the Great Hallel for the way it rehearses God’s goodness in regard to his people and encourages them to praise him for his merciful and steadfast love.” (James Montgomery Boice)
As we near our celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s worth remembering God for all he has done, is doing, and will continue to do forever. He loves His people, and deserves our thanks and praise.
Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Heaven On Wheels Daily Prayer:
Dear Father in Heaven, I thank You today for the loving kindness You show to Your people. You are good, gentle, faithful, upright, and true, and I thank You for Your daily mercies. I give thanks with my entire heart and mind, and proclaim that “The Lord is good and His mercies endure forever!” In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.
Boice, James Montgomery "Psalms: An Expostional Commentary" Volume 3 (Psalms 107-150) (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 1998)