• William T. Howe Ph.D.

July 10, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 133-139

Psalm 136:1

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

It’s not complicated. Some try to make it so, but it’s not. It is simple. As simple as taking a drink of water when thirsty or eating a piece of bread when hungry. Simple, simple, simple. Salvation is just that simple.

Simple enough for every person to understand regardless of their intellectual quotient, socio-economic status, personality, ability, capability, or sensibility. Simple enough for the greatest minds to grasp and simple enough for the simplest of minds to grasp. Salvation is so simple that the intellectual mind stumbles at it, and the intellectually challenged marvel at it. It is simple in one aspect because God’s mercy endureth forever.

We are reminded of this simple truth in Psalm 136. Every verse ends with this phrase; for his mercy endureth for ever. All 26 verses end with the same thought. If repetition is the key to learning, the Lord must want all that read this psalm to learn that His mercy endureth forever. This answers a lot of questions.

Questions like those pertaining to eternal security of the believer in Christ. How can God keep a person “saved” when that person sins on a daily basis? His mercy. Someone may think while reading these words, “Can a person be saved and sin every day?” First of all, if we do not sin every day, why did the Lord tell us to pray for our transgressions to be forgiven daily (Luke 11:4)? Every person sins every day to one degree or another. How then can they have any eternal security? Because God’s mercy endureth forever.

This word of endureth is a word that most are not familiar, for most do not endure. Their life philosophy seems to be like this poem:

I never have frustrations

The reason is to wit

If at first I don’t succeed

I just simply quit.

But the Lord God never quits. He is everlasting and His mercy endures forever. How important is His mercy and why must it endure forever? Titus 3:5 gives us the answer:

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

On the topic of His mercy, volumes could be written. But we must leave it at this for today; for his mercy endureth for ever.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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