Daily D – Psalm 136:23
He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever. PSALM 136:23 (NLT)
The first time I ever gave focused attention to this psalm was during chapel when I was in seminary. Dr. Bruce Leafblad led us in a call and response recitation. He would read the first half of the verse, for example, “He remembered us in our weakness.” The hundreds of students, mostly men, would respond, “His faithful love endures forever.”
Growing up in smaller membership Baptist churches in northeast Texas, there was not much mention of antiphonal worship. The Methodists and Presbyterians and Episcopalians may have done that kind of stuff, but not us Baptists.
That morning in chapel lingers in memory all these years later. The bottom line of life, the psalmist wanted us to remember, is that no matter what we face, no matter what we go through, our Father in heaven’s faithful love is never-ending.
God is love. He is the Eternal One. What motivates him and animates him is his unending love. His loving nature seeks our highest and best. His love endures forever.
Whatever your circumstances today or tomorrow or whenever, he loves you now and he will love you forever.
There is one truth that is truer than true: God loves me, and God loves you.
I will joyfully recall that I am loved by God.
Our Father, thank you for loving us now and loving us forever. Amen.
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1 Samuel 24:16, 17 When David finished saying these things to him, Saul replied, “Is that your voice, David my son?” Then Saul wept aloud and said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have done what is good to me though I have done what is evil to you.” (CSB)
1 Samuel 18:5 David marched out with the army and was successful in everything Saul sent him to do. Saul put him in command of the fighting men, which pleased all the people and Saul’s servants as well. (CSB)
1 Samuel 13:13, 14 Samuel said to Saul, “You have been foolish. You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you. It was at this time that the LORD would have permanently established your reign over Israel, but now your reign will not endure. The LORD has found a man after his own heart, and the LORD has appointed him as ruler over his people, because you have not done what the LORD commanded.” (CSB)