His Mercy Endures Forever
“To Him which led His people through the wilderness: for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 136:16
Those five words, “for His mercy endureth forever,” is repeated throughout the entirety of this psalm. Every verse ends with those very words. It has been rightly spoken that if the Bible says something it’s true, and if the Bible says it twice that it’s of the utmost importance, and if the Bible says something three times that we had better stop and hear what the Spirit has to say. Well, psalm 136 has 26 verses. That is the Holy Spirit inspiring these five words to be repeated 26 times! What, by God, could that mean other than this is something we absolutely need to comprehend in order to live a life of liberty in Christ to the full extent of what it entails?
Well, verse 16 is, to me, the verse that reminds me of this process of sanctification that we all are experiencing. There are times where I, personally, don’t feel like God is involved at all. It feels as though I walk alone through my tribulation at times. But this verse reminds me that it was God Who led Israel out of the wilderness, and so, while I am in my own wilderness, as you go through your own, it is God, His Presence felt or not, Who guides me through to the other side. When I am reminded of this, I feel overwhelmed because of the mercy that He shows. I know, because of the things He has done, and because of what He says in His word, that He has indeed always been there, and never leaves me. It is for one simple reason. God loves me. He loves me, and He loves you, and, in fact, He loves the entire world. His goodness is such that He has no desire not to love us. And He proved it.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
Perhaps the most famous and most often quoted verses in the Bible, but proof nonetheless. And what’s most astonishing is what else the Bible says concerning God’s Love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For Thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
In other words, there is no one, and nothing, nothing, that can separate us from the Love of God. How can this possibly be? How can His Love be so strong and so profoundly unconditional? It is because He is God, and “His mercy endureth forever.” Let that sink in today.
No matter what we’ve done, even after being saved, having believed and accepted Christ and what He did for us, God forgives. His mercy has no bounds. It is forever. It endures all things, and yet, remains. All we need to do is realize that Truth and stand in it. Confess. Repent. Return to Jesus, or come for the first time. God is always there, throughout every tribulation, because He loves us and “His mercy endureth forever.”