In Psalms 136 (NIV), there is a framework that can be used for personal and group devotionals, responsive prayers in worship, the beginning of periods of silent reflection, and meditations on God’s enduring love. The response to each verse of this Psalm is: “His love endures forever.”
The first three verses are: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love endures forever.” And so it is with all thirty-six verses of this Psalm.
The repetition of the response in Psalm 136 can place you in a frame of mind to receive God’s presence. It produces a rhythm that can stay with you for days at a time. It’s words remind you of something that will carry you through good times and bad: God’s enduring love.
Make a list of your concerns, fears, sins, failures, requests, needs, successes, blessings, goals, and thanksgivings. Perhaps better yet, make a list of each of these things. During one day (even one week), think or say each thing on one of the lists, followed each time by: “God’s love endures forever.”
There’s no magic to such a practice. But it’s regular use will be cleansing and uplifting. It will help keep you centered on God’s love.
When I was working on my new book, A Time To Be Born, I had occasion to do something I hadn’t done in a long time: read the book of Psalms in its entirety. I highly recommend it.
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