The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?

One thing you are clear about when you listen to the Bill Withers song, “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone”, is that there definitely isn’t any sunshine after his lady has left. He repeats the line over and over again – and then the chorus repeats the line “I Know” over and over again. He really knows it – he really knows that the sunshine has gone. It is one of the most repetitive songs.

But its message is clear. That’s the power of repetition. It makes everything clear. It helps you to memorise, or grasp something.

Psalm 136 is by far the most repetitive chapter in the bible. It is, in essence, a piece of sung liturgy. It’s a call and answer song. Someone sings the first half of the line, and then the people present sing the second half.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

kiy l’olam chasdo (Hebrew) – His love endures forever. Not just any love – but God’s love – the word means faithfulness, loyal devotion, covenant-keeping love. It’s a powerful word.

So this Psalm has one main purpose – to remind the singers that if you look and see all that God has done you will be reminded that:

His Love Endures Forever

The Psalm declares that God is good, that he is the God who has made the world and the universe – and then it tells again the story of the exodus and the conquest of the promised land.

And in light of all this – we can know that:

23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures for ever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures for ever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures for ever.

Put simply, if only we will trust who God is and what He has done – then we can know, that in whatever circumstances we are facing – His love endures forever.

We so easily forget this – and so we need to remind ourselves of it over and over again. And again. And again.

Have a blessed day.

Love Matt