Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever.”
V.1 begins with thanks to the Lord because He is good. God is good and does good. [Psalm 119:68a You are good and do good;] Everything that God is and does is the standard for what is best. Sometimes we may be tempted to believe that if God were good he would not allow some problem in our life. That is sinful thinking that can result in bitterness toward our Savior. It may come from a misguided opinion that when saved everything will be good for us. This thought is not found in scripture.
In fact scripture tells us to be thankful for trouble, trials or temptations. For example, troubles [3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5] and persecution;
[12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 1 Peter 4:12-16]
However because God is good He will not allow us to be tried more than we can stand. [No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13]
All 26 verses in Psalm 136 end “His faithful love endures forever.” Not only is God good, but His love is faithful and eternal.
What promises to live by, the good, faithful eternal love of God? Be thankful!
Henry Luke 7/24/2017
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