We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
“His mercy endures forever.” We see this phrase repeated in each of the twenty-six verses in this psalm. Picture a great multitude of the people of God gathered in the temple courts, where a priest or Levite would call out a reason to give God thanks, and his people would respond with the phrase.
Why do we use repetition? As time goes by, we tend to forget things, but repeating anything will definitely help us to remember. It is also used when we want to stress that something is important and to make a point, so that we take note of what is being said. If we believe something is significant we cannot keep silent and we want to keep saying it!
So let us repeat the response now, as it must be important. Here are several different translations of the phrase. Why not read them slowly and take in their meaning:
His mercy is unchanging forever.
His grace continues forever
His loving kindness endures forever.
God’s faithful love lasts for ever
His love is eternal.
His steadfast love endures forever.
His loyal love endures forever.
His loving kindness is everlasting.
His kindness never fails.
His love never quits.
In the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:17-24), the son knew his father’s love was true and for ever and was sure he could return home even though he had let him down badly. The story is a picture of how God’s love is non-judgmental and endures for ever. His love for us all just keeps going on and on.
Thank you Lord, that your steadfast love never ceases.