His Love Endures Forever

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.

who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.

who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.

(Psalm 136:1-6Open Link in New Window)

In this psalm, the writer offers thanks and praise to God for the numerous expressions of His love:

  • He is good.
  • He is wonderous.
  • He is the Creator.
  • He delivered the Jews from slavery.
  • He parted the Red Sea.
  • He gave them military victory in the promise land.
  • He feeds all the creatures of the earth.

Psalm 136Open Link in New Window reminds me of how court officials of ages past used to preface every statement to their king with the verbal salute: “O King live forever!” It symbolized their belief in the king’s virtual divinity. But God is a King who is truly divine. He is immortal and certainly will live forever. So we don’t need to say to God, “O God, live forever!” What can we say to honor Him instead? We don’t need to say, “O God, love us forever!” The Father already proved His love to us by sending His Son Jesus to die for us on the cross. God is love. And His love endures forever. Whenever we want to honor God, I think He will be pleased if we praise Him for His unfailing love. Perhaps we should each rewrite Psalm 136Open Link in New Window in our own words.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.

To Him who planned our redemption from the foundation of the world
His love endures forever.

Who sacrified His own Son to save wretched sinners like me
His love endures forever.

and brought me out of darkness into His marvelous light
His love endures forever.

Who never gives up and Whose mercy is new every morning
His love endures forever.

To Him Who holds the seven stars in His hand
His love endures forever.

Whose face shines like the sun in all its brillance
His love endures forever.

Who gives the water of life to the thirsty
His love endures forever.

And Who is coming soon to take up His throne and reign.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

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