For His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

As I read Psalm 136 this morning, I could not help but think every believer could easily create their own version of Psalm 136.
This is a hymn of thanksgiving to the Lord, who has shown his steadfast love throughout the ages, from the creation of the world, to the freeing of the Egyptian slaves, to the cross of Christ, to freeing us from our own bondage.
There is proof of God’s enduring commitment to His people in the world all around us,
in every sunrise, sunset, and salvation.
Each verse in this Psalm has the same refrain,
for his steadfast love endures forever.”

For instance, a select few of the verses read,
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
for His steadfast love endures forever,
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for His steadfast love endures forever…
to Him who by understanding made the heavens,
for His steadfast love endures forever…
to Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
for His steadfast love endures forever…”

I have such a tendency to forget the faithfulness of God.
Yet I long to live in such a way that declares my radical dependence on His enduring love alone.
So I decided to write my own version of a Psalm 136 hymn,
a remembrance of God’s faithfulness in my life.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is all that is good in me,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who breathes life into my very being each day,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who has written my name on the palm of His hands,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who paints the night sky,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who hears my prayer and holds every one of my tears;
for His steadfast love endures forever,
To Him who freed me from the bondage of an eating disorder,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
to Him who makes beauty from ashes,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who can redeem anything from the Pit,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who shined light into my darkness,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who defines my identity & worth,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who gives me strength to fight fear and worry,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who conquered sin and death,
for His steadfast love endures forever;
To Him who has given me gifts for His glory;
for His steadfast love endures forever.

We will fight the tendency, just as the Israelites did,
to forget the goodness of our God and turn our backs
on the only faithful One until the day we are reunited with Him.

However, I want to perservere with all that I am
to live a life of eucharisto to the King whose love endures forever.

steadfastloveendures

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

great is thy faithfulness22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26

Humans are not strangers to pain, because we live in a fallen world.
Some know it more than others.
Yet, I have discovered that it never gets easier.
Sorrow still cuts to the core whether it’s the first or the fiftieth time you’ve faced it.

I have fought this reality tirelessly lately,
begging the Lord to shield me from experiencing brokenness again.
However, I was reminded that this is not the way God’s economy works.
He never promised we would not be broken,
but we are assured that because of the Lord’s mercy, we will never be consumed.

When our hope is placed in Christ, as our soul seeks Him above all else,
we find rest in His steadfast love that knows no end or bounds.
His mercy reaches farther than the sea; it is limitless.
Rejoice in knowing that as deep as your hurt runs, His love runs deeper.

We have a good God, who has promised that faith, hope, and love will continually abide and that we cannot eternally perish.
I was reminded this week that when we place our identity on something other than this Truth, we will never find this type of security.
God alone can promise us never failing hope and love.

Maybe you, like me, needed to be reminded that though sorrow threatens to overwhelm and consume us, Christ is greater, His love is wider, & the Cross is more powerful.
We are resting & waiting in the Father’s flawless love.