Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
Psalm 136 is a fun Psalm. With its refrain in the second half of each verse we can easily picture it being sung antiphonally for the past 2500 years or so. All the actions of God described are based on God’s neverending love. He is the same, day after day, week after week, year after year. The Lord of Israel never changes.
Some of the actions later in the Psalm may not remind us of God’s love. How does love describe military defeats, destruction of armies, and the downfall of kings? God’s love describes all these events because, in every act of God, the work of the Messiah, who will reconcile people to God, comes closer. The Lord is constantly protecting his people from themselves and their enemies. This is all evidence of God’s love.
When we consider God as the creator, redeemer, and sustainer of all things, we must confess that he knows exactly what he is doing. We look to him in hope, then, because his steadfast love endures forever.
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