Psalm 136 – God of Justice and Love

Psalm 136

1-3 Thank God! He deserves your thanks. His love never quits.
Thank the God of all gods,
His love never quits.
Thank the Lord of all lords.
His love never quits.

4-22 Thank the miracle-working God,
His love never quits.
The God whose skill formed the cosmos,
His love never quits.
The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations,
His love never quits.
The God who filled the skies with light,
His love never quits.
The sun to watch over the day,
His love never quits.
Moon and stars as guardians of the night,
His love never quits.
The God who struck down the Egyptian firstborn,
His love never quits.
And rescued Israel from Egypt’s oppression,
His love never quits.
Took Israel in hand with his powerful hand,
His love never quits.
Split the Red Sea right in half,
His love never quits.
Led Israel right through the middle,
His love never quits.
Dumped Pharaoh and his army in the sea,
His love never quits.
The God who marched his people through the desert,
His love never quits.
Smashed huge kingdoms right and left,
His love never quits.
Struck down the famous kings,
His love never quits.
Struck Sihon the Amorite king,
His love never quits.
Struck Og the Bashanite king,
His love never quits.
Then distributed their land as booty,
His love never quits.
Handed the land over to Israel.
His love never quits.

23-26 God remembered us when we were down,
His love never quits.
Rescued us from the trampling boot,
His love never quits.
Takes care of everyone in time of need.
His love never quits.
Thank God, who did it all!
His love never quits!

This passage is repetitive it is classic Hebrew poetic form. It shows us a few things about God and teaches something about how we need to respond. Yes the Psalms are about worship, so this Psalm is praising God for the what He did for Israel and for His love. So our response? Worship of course. But what else, as any good Christ Follower would do we must act as God acts, in love and in justice. God loves justice, he is a Just God. We must act justly and stand up for just causes. I don’t know what this means for you, but it could mean going to war for just causes, it could mean protesting unjust acts and laws (in a non-crazy Christian way) it could mean feeding and sheltering the hungry, it could be showing love to everyone despite who they are and what the have done! What is your act of Justice?

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One thought on “Psalm 136 – God of Justice and Love

  1. Tom Neyhart says:

    Hey, I just found your comment. I haven’t been on my blogger site for a few days. My struggles stemmed from a church that was very isolated in its mindset. Even to the point that I was not allowed to take time off to go on a three day retreat with 3 of my mentors/friends because the leadership viewed it as unnecessary. They though all we were going to do is hang out and have fun but it is a very spiritual and personal time to refocus and renew. If I was going to go I had to take vacation time…which I didn’t have. I let myself get lost but the men who help define and mentor me in ministry I was cut off from. They would have smacked up side the head real quick had I been on our annual retreat.

    What are you looking for in an associate and what is your church like?

    Tom

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