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The Steadfast Love of the Lord Endures Forever (7 of 8)
Fallen Condition Focus: We don't believe that the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever. We think his love is conditional, that it will only last as long as we are ''good''. We are afraid that it might not last forever, we are afraid that we can exhaust God's love, that God will only ''put up with us for so long.'' We are afraid that we have gotten ourselves into a bad situation and God will not rescue us but rather leave us there, to teach us a lesson.
Psalm 136 reveals at least three ways in which God shows His unconditional steadfast love to us. He wants us to know without a doubt that He is good, He is merciful, that He cares, that He initiates love toward us before we can do anything to deserve it, that His steadfast love endures forever.
1. God Reveals His Steadfast Love in His Lordship
The first two verses proclaim that the God of the Bible is the God of gods and the Lord of lords. In order for us to believe and understand God's goodness and His rescuing us we have to believe that He is actually powerful enough to do these things. There is no god greater than our God, there is no lord greater than our Lord.
But some people might react to such statements by saying, ''so I'm supposed to believe that the God of the Bible is the greatest and most powerful god, just because it says so?''
Yes, and we understand that the power of the God of the Bible is revealed in history. As Francis Shaffer said, ''There is a God and He is not silent.'' The God of the Bible has made it very clear by His own actions that He alone controls all that happens, that He sovereignly rules over every king and lord on earth. This Psalm itself shows us exactly how God has revealed His power throughout history from the parting of the Red Sea to the conquering of evil kings in Israel.
We need to find great comfort and confidence knowing that the God of the Bible Rules wit ...
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