“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of gods, for His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.”Psalm 136:1-3 NASB
This psalm hammers home one point: God’s “lovingkindness is everlasting.” The message, in fact, is repeated in each of the twenty-six verses. Reading through this psalm, we have the opportunity to think about God’s love and faithfulness twenty-six times.
This Hebrew word can be translated in several different ways. It has a depth of meaning that tells us so much about God – His nature and His attitude toward us. It announces that He is kind toward us and that His kindness is great. His kindness is without measure or limit. Moreover, it is a loving-kindness.
His lovingkindness is everlasting, as is clear from everything He does and from His very nature. He demonstrated His lovingkindness through His creation, for He is the One “who alone does great wonders” (v. 4).
He proves His faithfulness and love through the ways He protects, guides, and blesses us. He demonstrates His mercy by remembering us even though we don’t deserve His blessing. And He has given us food, clothing, and shelter.
Repeatedly, God has shown himself to be faithful. Confirming His true character, He demonstrates that He is dependable. His mercy and faithfulness are eternal. His love and lovingkindness last forever. And He has a tender affection for us.
Think about all the ways God has been faithful to you! How has He shown you His mercy and lovingkindness? Stop and thank Him!
Father, thank You for all You have done for me. Thank You that Your lovingkindness is everlasting. In Jesus’ name, amen.