Psalms

His lovingkindness is everlasting

After Jesus and his disciples observed the Passover, they sang a hymn and went out toward the Mount of Olives and Gethsemane.

One commentator said the hymn Jesus and his disciples sung was probably “The Hillel” or Psalm 136. Though it has 26 verses, it is a fairly easily memorized Psalm because each verse ends with the same last words: “For his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Do you think the disciples understood what they were singing with Jesus?

“For his lovingkindness…” It is true that when the disciples looked at Jesus they were looking at the lovingkindness of God. It was a lovingkindness that extended since the beginning of the world (1 Peter 1:20). It was a lovingkindness that gave Jesus to us fully and freely as a sin offering we needed (2 Corinthians 5:21). It was a lovingkindness that many refused to see (Isaiah 29:13-14).

“…is everlasting.” Little did the disciples understand that they were looking at the everlasting son of God. Their eyes were looking upon the cloud and spiritual rock that followed Israel as it escaped from the Egyptians (1 Corinthians 10:1-4). They were singing with the preexistent son of God of whom John wrote in John 1:1-3. Jesus was directly responsible for creating the world from nothing. He was face-to-face with God before the worlds were made.

Can you imagine what the disciples must have thought after Jesus’ ascension and the Day of Pentecost when they finally understood that this Jesus with whom they had been singing was both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36)?

Do we understand how God’s lovingkindness is everlasting?

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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