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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 16, 2019

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SATURDAY, February 16

Psalm 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever.

We repeat things for lots of reasons. We repeat things we simply cannot believe. And we repeat things that we cannot believe—but want to.

In some translations of the evening psalm, “For his steadfast love endures for ever” is repeated in every single verse. During some seasons of life, we can sing Psalm 136 because we are so happy with God and experience love as tangibly present. When we say, “his love endures for ever,” we really mean it.

For thousands of years, people have used the psalms to sing things that they want to believe but can’t. Whenever any of us reach the point that we begin to doubt God’s steadfast love, join Christians throughout the ages who have prayed Psalm 136 and remember “his steadfast love endures for ever.”

MOVING FORWARD: Pray along with the morning and evening psalms today.

PRAY for the Diocese of Marathwada (North India)

Ps 87, 90 * 136 | Isaiah 61:10—62:5 | 2 Timothy 4:1-8 | Mark 10:46-52

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