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Psalm 136

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” 

G.K. Chesterton

Psalm 136 is a bright spot shining out from 149 other bright lights! We know this as the Hallel Psalm or sometimes called the “Hallelujah Psalm” because it contains no petitions, no complaints, and no problems. Instead it contains a list of moments where God worked in history, each answered by the refrain “His love endures forever.” 

Likely the worship leader would read the first line of each verse, and the congregation would respond with joy and passion: “His love endures forever." This love is no ordinary affection! The Hebrew word translated “love” refers to loyal love, faithful love, or we would see in the OT a “covenantal love.” 

It’s a love that lasts because it is based on an unbreakable promise from God Himself. It’s the love like a husband has for his wife or the love of mother for her children. God’s love is eternal because his covenant is eternal. We celebrate it because it is an extension of God Himself toward us. 

Sunday I will share this Psalm of Hallelujah – we will praise Him for everything He is and more! 

See you Sunday during our Thanksgiving of Psalms!  

Mike Burt