Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:1
Today’s passage contains a very familiar phrase: His love endures forever. In fact, in the 136th Psalm, this precious phrase is repeated 26 times! Once for every letter in the English alphabet even though the Psalm was written in Hebrew. Obviously, the psalmist wanted to make sure the reader grasped this simple yet astounding biblical truth. God’s love is undoubtedly timeless, unchanging, unconditional, and forever enduring!
However, I want to focus on the first part of this exquisite passage: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. This simple truth that the Lord is good is something I remind myself of daily. You see, it is so easy to get wrapped up in the pressures of life, the things happening around us, our daily struggles, the turbulent storms that blow our way, or the petty problems that seem to steal our joy. When we do, we forget the simple truth that God is good and His love for us endures forever!
I love what the Apostle Paul wrote to the folks in the church at Corinth, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).” Wow, what a refreshing promise! As I read these wonderful words from Paul, I honed in on the words “in all things at all times.” Could Paul be speaking directly to me about God’s glorious grace in the midst of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease? Did “all things” cover my particular situation? Of course he is! Why? Because Paul wants me to remember that God is good, He provides all I need, and His grace is sufficient!
If I truly believe in the glorious goodness of God, His abounding grace, my kinship with His Son, my eternal salvation, and His enduring love, then I must believe that God is working to the good in my particularly serious situation. Therefore, all I need do is continue to trust in Him, abide in Him, rely on Him, and serve Him. He will take care of the rest!
And that is exactly what I am doing! How about you?