Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136 NKJV
The Children of Israel were born into bondage in the land of sin. God rescued them. He revealed Himself to them as a merciful kind and longsuffering God. He wanted them to remember what He delivered them from and why He did it.
God wanted Israel to be thankful and praise Him for particular acts of mercy. That is what this Psalm is about!
I do not talk about my childhood much. We were left to ourselves a lot. We grew up without supervision. I felt abandoned and unloved. I lived without morals during my teenage years. I never thought of myself as a bad person. I did do a lot of bad things.
I suffered because of my circumstances and choices. I caused a lot of pain to other people. I have much to be thankful for today. God’s hand was upon me. The Lord was longsuffering and patient with me. Jesus kept my life from turning out worse!
Many of the people I grew up with lived short lives. Some became heroin addicts. Others spent years going in and out of prison. I remember specific times when the Lord rescued me. God intervened in 1978 when I planned to use heroin. Jesus stopped me.
Shortly before I met Jesus I committed a gun crime. The mandated sentence for that crime was a five year prison sentence. God intervened. Fifteen years later Jesus sent me into a prison to help men break free from bondage to sin!
Israel suffered persecution and discrimination throughout history. Even today they are surrounded by enemies seeking their destruction. God promised to bless them. He is going to use their circumstances to draw them to Him. God’s love and mercy towards Israel endures forever!
I am thankful for the trials and hardships I have experienced. I am thankful for the years I wandered through the valley of sin. Jesus used those trials and hardships to draw me to Him. God’s love and mercy towards me endures forever!
Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever. Vs 26
You may be enduring trial and hardship today. Maybe you spent a season wandering through the desert of sin. Perhaps you have felt abandoned and unloved at times. Praise Jesus for everything. God’s love and mercy towards you endures forever!
The seasons of life change. If you are in the valley of Baca today praise God. His mercy endures forever. If you are strolling along the mountain top of blessing today praise God. His mercy endures forever!
Jesus never changes. His love and mercy will endure forever!
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