Written in Triplicate

Josh WannerDevotions

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Psalm 136:1-3

Are you a “painter” or a “pointer?  Painters are known for their descriptive narratives on a subject, giving colorful “paintings” to describe an event or happening. Pointers are ones who “get to the point” with few words used to describe a situation or event.

If a pointer had written this psalm, it probably would have said something like, “Thank God that He is good and He loves us”.  Fortunately for us, the psalmist was inspired by God to do a little “painting” when writing Psalm 136. 

In this Psalm, we read phrases repeated three times.  This alerts the reader to the fact that what is written is exponentially important information about God, what He wants us to know about who He is and how He loves us.  We read that He is the Lord, the God of gods and the Lord of lords.

The dictionary defines the word steadfast as “firmly fixed in place;  immovable.”  How wonderful it is to know that God tells us, not once, but three times, that “His steadfast love endures forever.”

I must admit that it is sometimes easy for me to have a pity party of one.  Maybe you too.  How kind is our God to come to us in those times when we feel unnoticed or unloved and remind us, not once, but three times, that the Lord of lords and God of gods steadfastly loves us. 

Prayer:  Thanks, Lord, that you attend pity parties and give me the greatest gift I can ever receive – that you, the Lord of lords, love me with a steadfast love.

Contributed by Marilyn Haldiman

Bible Reading

Read Psalm 136 and record any insights you gain here.

Call to Connection

Reflect on the people who have been most consistent in your life. Take some time today to reach out to one of them and thank them for their love.