“For His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Psalm 136:1-26).
We hear often the challenge of scripture to “give thanks in all circumstances.” What, with all the varied circumstances that can come against us in life, have you ever wondered how this is even possible? This Psalm reminds us that it’s not so much a question of “what”—What circumstances?—but “why”—“Why be thankful?”
From God acting in creation, to the highs and lows of Israel’s history the psalmist describes twenty-six various circumstances and, yet, for each one the prevailing attitude is one of thanksgiving. Why? Because of the circumstances? No! This is the reason—“For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” In all our circumstances this is the one thing that prevails.