I’ve decided to read through and think about Psalms 136 for a short season, maybe a month. I think this is my favorite Psalm.
Today, I think I’ll just look at Psalms 136:1.
O give thanks unto the Lord in the original Hebrew is transliterated as eudu l·ieue ki – tub.
Essentially we’re looking at three words, Yadah Y@hovah Towb.
Yadah means to throw, shoot, announce, confess or launch praise.
Y@hovah essentially is the name for the One true Jehovah God, the Existing One – the I AM, the eternal existent One.
Towb means good, right, pleasant.
So essentially the first phrase of Psalms 136:1 says in Josh’s translation:
Launch some praise into the air for Existence, the Existence of God which makes the existence of everything else possible because God is and has made everything good.
If you are alive, that’s good and you are alive because God is good. If you are happy, that is good and your happiness wouldn’t be possible if God wasn’t good or if He didn’t exist.
If you are sad, I wonder if you are unaware of the existence of the One true Good God.
If you are depressed, I wonder if you are missing the Existent One or missing the fact that the Existent One is Good.
If you are having a bad time, could it be that you are unaware of the goodness of God?
Have you ever wondered if you’ve made too many mistakes to ever get your life back?
Have you ever been so down that you weren’t sure whether or not you wanted to continue to live?
If you have, I’d like to tell you some news that may be shocking to you… the good news is that God exists, He is good, and His mercy will absolutely never, ever fail or end. Nothing you have ever done or ever will do will change God’s love for you. His mercy for you will never run out. You can stop rejecting Him because you feel like He is forcing you down a timeline you don’t want to travel on. You have the time you need to turn to Him. There isn’t an hourglass losing sand to scare you into a certain level of faith. God’s mercy does not end in 33 minutes, 24 hours, or 72 years. His love never fails. His mercy endureth forever.
Now that you know you are free and relaxed, I encourage you to begin thinking about, talking to, and seeking God’s direction immediately because there is no reason to waste time today without His supernatural guidance. His supernatural guidance is free.
I had a toilet and septic problem a week or so ago at a rental house. I kept trying everything I knew to do. I replaced a toilet – $110 but the problem persisted. I bought an augur, it didn’t work. I bought a bottle of acid to eat away the clog – it didn’t work, $7. Then I decided that I needed a longer snake so I spent $22 on a 20 foot snake. That didn’t work either. I kept hesitating to call a plumber or a septic expert because that would’ve cost me money. Eventually I did contact a master septic tank specialist. A man with 60+ years of septic experience. I hesitated to call him because I wanted to save money, but eventually I needed his help.
Jesus is a master life builder. Jesus’ assistance and guidance is FREE. Wouldn’t it be silly if you awaited to call on Him on your death bed or even after death? I believe you can wait until your deathbed to call on Jesus – I believe He’ll still have mercy then. Heck I even believe you can wait until after your physical death to call on Jesus – I actually believe His mercy endures forever, so the pressure is off. With this one and only true God Jehovah, Jesus Christ, the Great I AM there is no rush, no need to feel pressured. I’m not pressuring you, but I am asking you now – why wait? Seek His guidance now, once you turn to Jesus (no matter when you do) you’ll ask, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Turn to Him now, not because His mercy is running out – that won’t happen but instead because your life is passing by and you might as well have His perfect leadership on your journey.