God’s Love Never Fails

After Lee’s surrender, at the end of the Civil war Lincoln spoke to a large crowd from the balcony of the White House. He told them about the considerate policy he had in mind for the South. At the end of his speech, Senator Harlan asked, “What shall we do with the rebels?&q … More

Mercy

Every verse in this Psalm ends in the words “His mercy endureth for ever.” It follows the progress of the events from the creation in Genesis to the conquest of Canaan recorded in Joshua. Here are some of the reasons we need to praise Him:

  1. For what He is (vv 1-3)
  2. For what He is able to do (v. 4)
  3. For what He has done in creation (vv 5-9)
  4. For what He did with the first born in Egypt (vv. 10-12)

Think of smiting the first born. The baby in the crib, the boy at school, the grown man in the field, the old grandfather in his bed. It could have been everyone. This stroke of doom did not come until He had manifested to Pharaoh both His pity and His power nine times. Not until He had been lied to and played with and resisted by the pharaoh and his court nine times did God smite the first born. What mercy! This only proves that in wrath God remembers His mercy.

It is thought that the Levite song leader would recite the first half of each verse and the congregation would echo the refrain. We need to remember just as these people were reminded that all we are, all we have and all we do depends on God’s loving kindness and mercy.

Application

I need to be thanking God on a daily basis for His mercy. It is only because of His mercy that I am saved. If I received what I deserve it would be an eternity separated from God in Hell.

Psalms 136:1-12 (English Standard Version)


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