April 17, Reading 2 – Psalm 136, 137

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SAA Notes

As you look back over the years, as you look back especially on the Gospel history of Jesus, do you see that God is Someone whose love, mercy, and covenant faithfulness (all meanings of the Hebrew word: chesed) endures forever!

SJA Notes

It is truly amazing how many psalms layer over and over the history of Israel. Psalm 136 is another.

The psalmist walks us through the refrain of history, BUT with a reminder at each point.

FOR HIS STEADFAST LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.

The purpose of the history is the same as previously, not to point to Israel themselves as the important object, but to the LORD.

HE struck down the firstborn of Egypt. HE divided the Red Sea in two. HE struck down great kings and gave their land as a heritage.

What a wonderful hope we see again in this psalm. The Lord remembers us in our low estate. His steadfast love endures forever.

In Jesus, He remembers us in our low estate. Because our estate IS low. We are broken, desperate, without hope in ourselves.

But His steadfast love endures … For how long? A moment? A week? Nope. FOREVER!

He has rescued us from the greatest of foes. Death. Hell. Un-life.

Rescued us into life. The hope of heaven. ETERNAL LIFE with God living amongst us. Him as our God. We as His people.

What a hope we have!

Give thanks to God. Right now. Why? Because His steadfast love endures forever.

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

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