Wednesday, 16th September 2020
Title: His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Psalm 136: 1 (ESV)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
When I read the entire Psalm 136, I cannot help but thinking that this Psalm was penned in such a special way for some reason. At the time when there were no technology- printing presses, projectors or any other tools to reproduce the copy for the usage in group reading/singing at the same time, the repeated phrases must have been intentionally used in order for the leader to read aloud and lead the group to repeat after as to respond. The selective words/phrases that they would say together must be important words that they could all learn and remember swiftly.
In this Psalm, God’s people learn and say this one very important phrase together; “His steadfast love endures forever!”
May I encourage you to read through the whole Psalm 136 today? This Psalm is a simple expression that the psalmist wrote as a responsive song of praise for who God is and of His goodness. Each time this Psalm is sung, those who are singing will be reminded of God’s creation, His power and His deliverance of the Israelites out of slavery through the wilderness into the Promised Land. The phrase “His steadfast love endures forever!” is repeated twenty-six times through the whole Psalm as to remind us over and over again of what is important and we shall not forget: God’s love will endure forever for all of us.
If we are honest, we may realize that we are the same as the Israelites in the Old Testament time that seem to forget about God and His love at times. And if we are not careful, we might wander, disobey God’s Word, and even worship other gods or idols. By repeating the same phrase over and over, we too can learn that we need to remember this truth every day – even through tough time when we face the enemy or when God seems to be silent. This truth will strengthen our faith.
Hebrews 11: 6 says; “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
God is pleased when we acknowledge who He is, His love for us, and how He’s blessed us.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for You are great and that You are the reason the believers around the world can read and sing this Psalm. We thank You each time we are reminded of Your love and goodness. We thank You that Your people for generations are able to stand together and proclaim this truth “His steadfast love endures forever!” because of your grace and mercy toward us. Please help us today, Lord, to remember and spread Your love to many others who have not yet known You. We pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
当阅读整篇诗篇136的时候，我不禁在想，这诗篇是基于某些原因以如此特殊的方式写成的。在没有技术 – 印刷机、投影仪或任何其他工具复制副本供集体同时诵读/吟咏的当儿，反复的词句必定是刻意地运用，以便领导者大声诵读，并引导会众重复作为回应的。他们所挑选一起说的语词/短语必是他们都能迅速学习并记住的重要用语。