Daily Devotion of Psalm 136


Daily Nugget:
Psalm 136 is a hymn giving God credit for much of what He has done. It is always good to remember what He has done for us. Our God is generous with His forgiveness and mercy which none deserves.

In this song, the singer is reminded that God is good to all (Psalm 136:2), not just to those that obey and reverence Him (Psalm 136:3). In this piece of music, He is also accredited for:
  •         His creation (Psalm 136:5-9).
  •         His deliverance of Israel (Psalm 136:10-20).
  •         His blessings on His people (Psalm 136:21-22).

 Although the hymn reminds one what God has done, the repeating words “mercy” and “endureth for ever” are in all 26 verses. This repetition clearly points out that God’s goodness was not just for the past.  His undeserved kindness will extend to believers and followers forever. 

God is not done helping those that certainly do not deserve His loving gifts. His mercy is never-ending.  We can and are receiving it today. 

Can you imagine what would happen to sinners and backslidden Christians today if God was not so merciful? How frightening it would be if this world got what it deserved from disobeying the Creator’s commandments. Because of God’s mercy, His wrath is not poured out on all the Earth — yet!

Recently, in response to an article I had written, several insisted that when one is saved, they no longer sin.  That is not true.  We may be saved, but we still have the sinful flesh (I Cor. 15:53-54) we were born with.  If a born-again individual does not sin any more, why is God’s mercy available forever? It is not just for the unsaved, as some claim.

God is merciful to us because, until the curse is removed from this Earth, and we have new bodies that will not sin, we will always need his “tenderness of heart.” Thank you, Lord, for your mercy to us!

Today’s Thought: 
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7

Words to Understand:
Mercy: “The benevolence, mildness, or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves …” Noah Webster, 1828

Today’s Reading:
Psalm 136
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 ¶ To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
23 ¶ Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

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