Ps.136:1 – Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
This song was a very important part of redemptive history in the Bible. We see this Psalm being sung at the dedication of Solomon’s temple. As the priests and Levites sang, the glory of the Lord fell in such a a way that no one could stay on their feet, no one could even enter the temple because of the shekinah glory. It was also the Psalm sung by the the Levites when they were sent out in front of the army by King Jehoshaphat. The army never struck a blow as the enemies were slaughtered before they ever arrived.
Here is how the CWSB translates this important Hebrew word ‘hosed’.
“A masculine noun indicating kindness, lovingkindness, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, love, acts of kindness. This aspect of God is one of several important features of His character: truth; faithfulness; mercy; steadfastness; justice; righteousness; goodness. The classic text for understanding the significance of this word is Psalm 136 where it is used twenty-six times to proclaim that God’s kindness and love are eternal. The psalmist made it clear that God’s kindness and faithfulness serves as the foundation for His actions and His character: it underlies His goodness; it supports His unchallenged position as God and Lord; it is the basis for His great and wondrous acts in creation and delivering and redeeming His people from Pharaoh and the Red Sea; the reason for His guidance in the desert; His gift of the land to Israel and defeat of their enemies; His ancient as well as His continuing deliverance of His people; His rulership in heaven. The entire span of creation to God’s redemption, preservation, and permanent establishment is touched upon in this psalm. It all happened, is happening, and will continue to happen because of the Lord’s covenant faithfulness and kindness.”
This beautiful word cannot even be expressed properly in the English language. Actually, no words in any language can describe what David was trying to express in this Psalm. God’s goodness is infinite in its quality as well as in its scope of time. God is good. Jesus is the personification of God’s goodness. The Holy Spirit is the revelation or outpouring of God’s goodness and lovingkindness. Worship Him for yourself. Proclaim His goodness and you too will experience the Shekinah glory. The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.