God’s Love is Forever

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good.

God’s faithful love lasts forever!

Give thanks to the God of all gods—

God’s faithful love lasts forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of all lords—

God’s faithful love lasts forever.

Give thanks to the only one

who makes great wonders—

God’s faithful love lasts forever.

God remembered us when we were humiliated—

God’s faithful love lasts forever.

God rescued us from our enemies—

God’s faithful love lasts forever.

God is the one who provides food for all living things—

God’s faithful love lasts forever!

Give thanks to the God of heaven—

God’s faithful love lasts forever!

-Psalm 136:1-4, 23-26

We’ve had a mantra in my house throughout this pandemic. It goes like this: “Nothing is forever.” Luke usually adds, “Except D’Alicias being closed. That’s forever.” We laugh and move on.

In the times of restrictions and changes, it helps to remember that this isn’t forever. Things will continue to change, and eventually it will be a change for the better. As the seasons change, as the earth spins, so do our lives have times of growth and decline, of every kind of change. Nothing is forever.

Or is it? The psalm quoted above reminds us that there is one thing that is forever: God’s faithful love. The whole psalm has this repeated line in each verse: “God’s faithful love lasts forever.” We can imagine that the psalm itself was intended as a sort of call-and-response litany for worship, with the leader listing off evidence of God’s love and the congregation responding, “God’s faithful love lasts forever!”

And what a range of evidence there is! At first, the psalm describes God, great and mighty and powerful— and full of steadfast love. God has power over all creation— and faithfully loves God’s people. God goes toe-to-toe with the mighty kings of the earth— out of love that lasts forever. God rescues the people from humiliation and enemies— after all, God’s faithful love never ends. God sends food for people and animals alike— for this is what steadfast love does. In all things, great and small, the people of God declare that God’s faithful love lasts forever. In trouble or in triumph, God’s faithful love lasts forever.

We could add a few things to this list, hmm? In our difficult days, God’s faithful love lasts forever. In sickness and in recovery, God’s faithful love lasts forever. In hope and despair, God’s faithful love lasts forever. God is with us when we feel alone— God’s faithful love lasts forever! God sent researchers to develop a vaccine— God’s faithful love lasts forever! God has given us a community of faith, people to share our joys and sorrows— God’s faithful love lasts forever!

— God’s faithful love lasts forever! What if we added that onto the end of every worry, every complaint, every victory. None of those things will be forever, but God’s love is. Every day, there is God’s love for you.

God, your faithful love lasts forever! Even when my life and my world change, I know that your love for me never changes. Remind me in each moment that your love for me is faithful and unending. Amen.

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