Making a Point
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Psalm 136 is different in its structure from most other psalms. One specific act or comment about God’s character is said; then it is followed by the phrase “his love endures forever.” This pattern happens twenty-six times in twenty-six’s action in creation followed by His delivering His people, Israel, from their enemies.
The psalm concludes with thanking God for His abundant provision for every creature. You might ask, what is the purpose of repeating a single short phrase after every verse? It seems to me David is saying, from beginning to end–God’s love is constant, unfailing, completely outside, and independent of time.
He pounds the point home by repetition. God’s love is enduring in this world and the next. God’s love towards you today endures forever. You are deeply loved by God. It over arches everything you face. This fact is the writer’s point.