“His love endures forever.” Psalm 136
Has someone professed their love to you then turned away and said “I don’t love you anymore”? That is one of the worst pains a human heart will ever experience. While some beautiful marriages last beyond the “golden” anniversary, far too many end up in divorce. When you give your heart to someone, you don’t expect to get it back in pieces. Perhaps you are grieving the loss of a loved one this Christmas, and though you hold their love dear in your heart, you feel a gaping hole where their physical presence used to be. As we look at this final week of Advent, we are focusing on love, specifically God’s love – a love that lasts forever.
I made a quick look through my Bible concordance and found at least 99 references to God’s enduring, eternal, everlasting love. In Psalm 136, the phrase in our key verse appears 26 times. Please stop for a moment and read this Psalm, out loud if possible. I’ll wait here for you.
This Psalm is part of a refrain used in Jewish worship, called “The Great Hallel” (praise), and it gives a remembrance of the “great wonders” (v. 4) that God has done in creation and in the history of the Hebrew nation. It is a rich and beautiful offering of thanks and praise, as well as reminder that everything God does is born out of His great love. After the priest recites an action, the people respond with “His love endures forever.” Other translations of the Bible give us words such as “continues forever,” “never fails,” “steadfast,” “eternal,” “everlasting,” “never quits,” and “to the age.” God’s love is eternal and everlasting and enduring because love is His very nature, and since God never fails, never quits, and is to the age, so then, is His love.
His love means he is forever loyal and faithful to you and me. Forever means never ending, never failing. God never quits on His children. He will never walk away from you. God will never die.
If your heart is hurting this Christmas because someone has walked away, or passed away, hear this and take it to heart: “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Merciful, loving God –You loved me before the world began; You love me today, You will love me tomorrow, and for all eternity. Thank you for Your everlasting, eternal, faithful, never-ending, love. Amen.