TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Psalm 136:1-26
BOTTOM LINE: His Love Endures Forever!
QUESTION: What do we do when life makes it feel difficult to know God loves us?
To be able to SMILE, even through all the Tears is only because we know as we saw in Psalm 100 … GOD IS GOOD! It’s who He is, even in these most difficult times …
- … even when we enter into Hospice Care
- … even when Doctors tell us there is no Cure
- … even when we don’t know how we’re going to pay the Mortgage
- … even when we now have to pick up the pieces as a Single Parent
… you name it … Why BREAK UP w/ Jesus Now?
We have to find out who God is, so that that we will be STRONG WHEN the Storms come in our lives. When the wind is blowing our life all over the Map, and then making sure that our Faith is rooted in the Truth and Understanding of God’s Word is so important!
- The CALL to Praise!
Sort of like Psalm 100 … again … we get 3 reasons here in these verses that we can PRAISE GOD:
- He is Good!
- He is the God of Gods!
- He is the Lord of Lords!
I think about that Answering Chorus there for each verse …His Love Endures Forever! What a reminder that ALL THINGS display the Love of God at work on behalf of His Followers!
The Hebrew word for Love here refers to a Royal Love … a Faithful Love … some might even call it a Covenant Love … it’s a Love that survives and sustains because it’s based on an unbreakable commitment!
- The CAUSE for Praise!
The remainder of Psalm 136 has this survey of God’s faithfulness … beginning w/ Creation (vs. 5-9) and then ending w/ Israel’s entry into the Promised Land (vs. 10-26).
It’s completely common to wrestle at some point w/ these 3 Pivotal Questions:
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I going?
What God did for Ancient Israel, He does for His People everywhere … because His Love Endures Forever!
So … we started w:
- The CALL to Praise
- The CAUSE for Praise!
… which all this Creation and Israel’s journey to the Promised Land was included … and then LASTLY:
- The CONCLUSION of Praise!
There’s 3 really important Conclusions here:
ONE … History is not about US … History is about GOD!
TWO … Our FAITH Rest On FACTS!
THREE … Remember the Big Picture: HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!
When the world seems to be collapsing around us … we can stand firm … on the Facts of God’s Word and History … that God’s Love for Me Endures Forever!
And what I love about that is No matter what we’re going thru right now … His Love Endures Forever!
No matter what it is that honestly feels like the water is rising … and it’s above our neck and above our mouth and feels like we can’t even keep our nose above water from drowning … His Love Endures Forever!
No matter how we feel about it … the fact is still … His Love Endures Forever!