12/17/19: Revelation 8:1-13; Psalm 136:1-26; Proverbs 30:7-9

As we read Psalm 136 I am sure you noted that the format is different from any Psalm, as the refrain “His love endures forever” is repeated at the end of each verse.  Coffman writes:

“This off-repeated refrain indicates that the composition, as it stands, was used liturgically, that is, as a kind of ritual in the Temple services, with one group, or perhaps even a soloist, singing or reading the first line of each verse, and the congregation responding in the refrain. It is called a Hallel Psalm and was sung at the beginning of Passover. It was a favorite Temple song.

What struck me was that the Psalmist steps readers through the history of the Nation of Israel and that each episode is an example of God’s eternal love.  We live with the same reality — like the Nation of Israel our lives and circumstances will constantly change.  But if we continue to focus on the Lord and His will we will surely see that “His love endures forever.”

 

 

 

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