CHOSEN WHEN WE WERE NOTHING

Ps.136:23 – TPT – He’s the God who chose us when we were nothing!His tender love for us continues on forever!

Ps.136:23 NKJ – Who remembered us in our lowly state, For His mercy endures forever;

This verse gives us an incredible look into the mercy of the Lord. The two characteristics that stand out to me in this verse about the mercy of the Lord is how He lavishes His mercy on us when we are nothing or as the NKJ says in our lowly state and how His mercy is everlasting. First look at His mercy on the undeserving. There is nothing I could have done to warrant mercy, actually the opposite was true, I did everything to offend God but instead of judgement I got mercy. His mercy reached into the depths of my depravity and poured out grace that opened my eyes to His love and broke the chains of sin that had enslaved me. As the Passion Bible says, “He chose me when I was nothing”.

Next, His mercy or tender love lasts forever and ever. He loved me before I was born, He loved me when I was rebellious, and He will love me beyond the end of time. Here is how Dick Mills defines this word eternity.

“Eternity; the ages; infinity; the universe, the world. Derived from the verb ‘alam (“veil from sight” or “conceal”), ‘olam refers to that infinite and everlasting expanse God has created. It is both an unending expanse of space (universe) and time (eternity), indicating the limitless dimensions in which God’s sovereignty is displayed. The word sometimes refers to the remotely distant past and sometimes to the remotely distant future. God is called ’El ‘Olam, “the Everlasting God”. As God is eternal, so is His mercy le ‘olam, that is, “unto the forever.”

The universe is intended to give us a glimpse into the eternal nature of our God. It reaches further than our computer generated telescopes can see and it reaches farther than our thoughts can imagine. His tender love for us is like that, it is deeper than the ocean, wider than the horizon, and higher than the heavens. There is no end to His tender love and mercy. My life began by His mercy, it is sustained by His mercy, and will continue forever by His mercy. He chose us when we were nothing and His tender love for us continues forever!

THANKSGIVING GOODNESS

Ps. 136:1 – Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever

This is one of the famous lines from the Psalms of David. It was sung at the dedication of Solomon’s temple and it was the song sung by the Levites as they marched before Jehoshaphat’s army leading them in victory. To me, it is a perfect song. It gives a glimpse of why we give thanks and worship the Lord, because He is good and His mercy endures forever. A glimpse of the goodness of the Lord brings us to a place of worship. When the paralyzed man was healed in Peter’s house everyone began to glorify the Lord, when the woman who was bent over for eighteen years was healed she began to glorify the Lord, when Jesus fed the multitudes they began to glorify God. Seeing His goodness brings us to the place of giving thanks to the Lord. Here is how Spurgeon describes this verse.

“We thank our parents, let us praise our heavenly Father; we are grateful to our benefactors, let us give thanks unto the Giver of all good. For he is good. Essentially he is goodness itself, practically all that he does is good, relatively he is good to his creatures. Let us thank him that we have seen, proved, and tasted that he is good. He is good beyond all others: indeed, he alone is good in the highest sense; he is the source of good, the good of all good, the sustainer of good, the perfecter of good, and the rewarder of good. For this he deserves the constant gratitude of his people. For his mercy endures for ever. We shall have this repeated in every verse of this song, but not once too often. It is the sweetest stanza that a man can sing. What joy that there is mercy, mercy with Jehovah, enduring mercy, mercy enduring for ever. We are ever needing it, trying it, praying for it, receiving it: therefore let us for ever sing of it.”

The Lord’s very essence is goodness. We see His goodness in all His works, His goodness was on full display in the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth, and His goodness is poured out on all of us through the immersion into the Holy Spirit. What else can we say but, “the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever”.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD

Psa. 136:1 ¶ Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Complaining is the opposite of being thankful. Murmuring and complaining caused a whole generation of Jews to fall short of the promise and die in the wilderness. Paul said those things happened as an example to us. Getting your eyes on Jesus, looking to His word, and reflecting on all His blessings in our lives will drive ungratefulness from our hearts. There is something about giving thanks and acknowledging His goodness that puts us in touch with the Lord. Rather than ungrateful our hearts are filled with gratitude. David, of all people, knew about adversity and had learned how to navigate through the mine fields of negativity. He had worshiped in adversity for years, living in the wilderness in exile. He had found access into the Lord’s presence through thanksgiving. After all, it was David who sang, “We will enter His gates with thanksgiving, and enter His courts with praise”. Here are Spurgeon’s thoughts on today’s verse.

“The inspired writer calls us to praise Jehovah for all his goodness to us, and all the greatness of his power in blessing his chosen. We thank our parents, let us praise our heavenly Father; we are grateful to our benefactors, let us give thanks unto the Giver of all good. For he is good. Essentially he is goodness itself, practically all that he does is good, relatively he is good to his creatures. Let us thank him that we have seen, proved, and tasted that he is good. He is good beyond all others: indeed, he alone is good in the highest sense; he is the source of good, the good of all good, the sustainer of good, the perfecter of good, and the rewarder of good. For this he deserves the constant gratitude of his people. For his mercy endureth for ever. We shall have this repeated in every verse of this song, but not once too often. It is the sweetest stanza that a man can sing. What joy that there is mercy, mercy with Jehovah, enduring mercy, mercy enduring for ever. We are ever needing it, trying it, praying for it, receiving it: therefore let us for ever sing of it.”

Seeing God’s goodness is where it all really starts. Looking at your problems and disappointments can poison you. Looking at the Lord and His goodness changes everything.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD

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Psa. 136:1 ¶ Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Complaining is the opposite of being thankful. Murmuring and complaining caused a whole generation of Jews to fall short of the promise and die in the wilderness. Paul said those things happened as an example to us. Getting your eyes on Jesus, looking to His word, and reflecting on all His blessings in our lives will drive ungratefulness from our hearts. There is something about giving thanks and acknowledging His goodness that puts us in touch with the Lord. Rather than ungrateful our hearts are filled with gratitude. David, of all people, knew about adversity and had learned how to navigate through the mine fields of negativity. He had worshiped in adversity for years, living in the wilderness in exile. He had found access into the Lord’s presence through thanksgiving. After all, it was David who sang, “We will enter His gates with thanksgiving, and enter His courts with praise”. Here are Spurgeon’s thoughts on today’s verse.

“The inspired writer calls us to praise Jehovah for all his goodness to us, and all the greatness of his power in blessing his chosen. We thank our parents, let us praise our heavenly Father; we are grateful to our benefactors, let us give thanks unto the Giver of all good. For he is good. Essentially he is goodness itself, practically all that he does is good, relatively he is good to his creatures. Let us thank him that we have seen, proved, and tasted that he is good. He is good beyond all others: indeed, he alone is good in the highest sense; he is the source of good, the good of all good, the sustainer of good, the perfecter of good, and the rewarder of good. For this he deserves the constant gratitude of his people. For his mercy endureth for ever. We shall have this repeated in every verse of this song, but not once too often. It is the sweetest stanza that a man can sing. What joy that there is mercy, mercy with Jehovah, enduring mercy, mercy enduring for ever. We are ever needing it, trying it, praying for it, receiving it: therefore let us for ever sing of it.”

Seeing God’s goodness is where it all really starts. Looking at your problems and disappointments can poison you. Looking at the Lord and His goodness changes everything.