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May 16, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 2 Chronicles 21-24
Audio: 2 Chronicles 21-24

Psalm 136 (ESV)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

to him who alone does great wonders,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who by understanding made the heavens,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
to him who made the great lights,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the sun to rule over the day,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
the moon and stars to rule over the night,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
    for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. The Lord's Steadfast Love

    The first three verses of Psalm 136, and the final verse, focuses on giving thanks to the Lord because of His steadfast love which endures forever. 

    Throughout the rest of this psalm there are repeated "to him" statements describing things the Lord did because of His steadfast love. 

    After describing all the Lord did in creation and to kings, Psalm 136 23 says, "It is he who remembered us in our low estate" (which means in our humble condition or low status).

    God is not far off and distant. He is not too busy dealing with cosmic and kingly things as to not have time for us "commoners" down here. God is personally and intimately involved in everything that happens in creation, governments, and even in our lives and the lives of all living things. 

    God "continues to work as He has worked in the past to save His people from distress" (Reformation Study Bible).

    I praise you God for your steadfast love for me…in my low estate.


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Overwhelmed by Your Grace" by Anthony Burgess

    "O Lord, I bless you, not only for your pardon of those sins I have committed, but also for your goodness in preserving me from those many thousands of other sins I was prone to fall into. If I could repent to the highest degree, or achieve the holiness of men and angels, it could not make up the damage sin has made upon me.

    Who was more plunged into sin than I? Whose diseases were greater than mine? It may be that thousands and thousands of other souls are now taking their place in hell, for less and fewer sins than I have committed.

    I do not call upon you to repeal any threat or nullify your word. I do not ask you to become unjust. But your wisdom has found out a way that I may be pardoned and you may be satisfied.

    Your overflowing goodness overcomes me. If only I had the hearts of all men and angels to praise you. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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