“His Love Endures Forever”

Reading today, I came across Psalm 136. Scholars think most Psalms were used in Temple Worship. We don’t exactly know how the psalms were actually sung in temple worship but this one in particular is something similar to what people refer to as a “Call & Response” song, where the leader sings out a story and the congregation shouts back a rhythmic line. To be honest, nobody knows for sure, but work with me here, will ya. Sometimes I find it hard to get through this type of chapter in the Bible where they repeat things a lot. But I have been trying to make an effort to read everything in whatever chapter I am reading, yes, even those long lists of genealogy. Sometimes it’s harder than other times.

So as I am reading each of these verses, I keep reading that same line “His Love Endures Forever” over and over. About three quarters of the way down, It really hit me, “His” love endures forever. He surrounds us with it. He loved us before we were born. It pleased him to make the universe with such detail, It pleased him to create a people knowing full well that they would betray him and It pleased him to give his son up for us, knowing full well before the creation that he would have to do this. Yet he created us anyway.

Why did he do that?

JohnFlavelBecause he Loved us first, before we were born. “His Love Endures Forever”. I watched a Paul Washer  video recently and he brought up a man named John Flavel. I had never heard of him before. So I searched for him and he was pastor in the 1600’s and from everything I have read, he was a man who stuck close to Jesus. He has many quotes attributed to him that are very good but this one stands out among them. Although it is a fictional story. I think it sums it up the best. It is his take on the talk God might have had with his son Jesus about having to come and die for us.

“Here you may suppose the Father to say when driving His bargain with Christ for you:

The Father speaks. “My Son, here is a company of poor, miserable souls that have utterly undone themselves and now lay open to my justice. Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them.”

The Son responds. “Oh my Father. Such is my love to and pity for them, that rather then they shall perish eternally I will be responsible for them as their guarantee. Bring in all thy bills, that I may see what they owe thee. Bring them all in, that there be no after-reckonings with them. At my hands shall thou require it. I would rather choose to suffer the wrath that is theirs then they should suffer it. Upon me, my Father, upon me be all their debt.”

The Father responds. “But my Son, if thou undertake for them, thou must reckon to pay the last mite. Expect no abatement. Son, if I spare them… I will not spare you.”

The Son responds. “Content Father. Let it be so. Charge it all upon me. I am able to discharge it. And though it prove a kind of undoing to me, though it impoverish all my riches, empty all my treasures… I am content to take it.”

‘Staring into space thinking about that conversation’ What would it be like…………….

A.D.D Moment, back to where I was. Although we all know how much God loves us, After reading this same line over and over again. I feel I know just a little bit more today than I did yesterday, how much he Really does love us and that “His Love (Really Does) Endure Forever” Isn’t wonderful that God gives us the privilege to get to know him more and more everyday.

 

Psalm 136

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
       His love endures forever.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
       His love endures forever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
       His love endures forever.

4 to him who alone does great wonders,
       His love endures forever.

5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
       His love endures forever.

6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
       His love endures forever.

7 who made the great lights—
       His love endures forever.

8 the sun to govern the day,
       His love endures forever.

9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
       His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
       His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel out from among them
       His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
       His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea [a] asunder
       His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
       His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
       His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the desert,
       His love endures forever.

17 who struck down great kings,
       His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kings—
       His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites
       His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan—
       His love endures forever.

21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
       His love endures forever.

22 an inheritance to his servant Israel;
       His love endures forever.

23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate
       His love endures forever.

24 and freed us from our enemies,
       His love endures forever.

25 and who gives food to every creature.
       His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
       His love endures forever.

Rocco T

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