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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 23, 2020

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SATURDAY, May 23

Psalm 136:1b For his mercy endures for ever.

Twenty-six times we hear these words in this psalm. If the Bible says something once, it’s significant. Twice, and we better listen up. Twenty-six is the equivalent of God calling us by our full name, middle one and all. This is important.

These six words—repeated like a mantra throughout Psalm 136—convey one of the core messages of our faith. No matter how far we fall, God extends us mercy. When we sin again and again, God’s mercy endures. When we deserve punishment, God doesn’t throw the book at us. Instead God is merciful, loving us without condition.

The vastness of God’s mercy is incomprehensible for us—even the best of us can no more extend this limitless mercy to others than we can fly to the moon by flapping our arms. God’s mercy when we don’t deserve it and God’s grace of blessing us when we don’t know how to ask for it are precious pearls of our faith, and we do well to remember and repeat often: His mercy endures for ever. Amen.

MOVING FORWARD: Read this psalm several times over the course of today. See how it changes the way you see things.

PRAY for The Anglican Church of Australia

Ps 87, 90 * 136 | Numbers 11:16-17, 24-29 | Ephesians 2:11-22 | Matthew 7:28—8:4

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