Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
Psalm 136 is an interesting liturgy of praise to the Lord, our Creator and our Redeemer. Every one of the 26 verses in the psalm ends in “His mercy endures forever.” The word translated in English as “mercy ” is an interesting Hebrew word. It is a love that never ends and is totally unmerited.
The first part of each verse relates reasons to sing the second half of the verse. The psalm reviews God’s creating love, his redeeming love and his continuing love. His mercy endures forever.
Our nation is also a recipient of God’s steadfast love. During November, we see how God directs voters to give us government. We remember how he blessed us with safety as we celebrate Veterans Day. We also celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Though Thanksgiving if often overlooked by Christmas beginnings and Halloween festivities, there is indeed reason for us to remember what this psalm directs.
We pray: Lord, help us always to be in the chorus that sings your praise. Your undeserved love is boundless. Continue to give us grateful hearts that sing, not just one day a year, but every day: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Amen.