This Sunday @ RVPC

Communion Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)

Sermon Text (Psalm 136:1-26)

[1] Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
[2] Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
[3] Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
[4] to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
[5] to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
[6] to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
[7] to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
[8] the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
[9] 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. (ESV)

This Sunday we will be looking at Psalm 136, which is a Psalm of thanksgiving.

This great Psalm of thanksgiving enumerates for us all kinds of reasons why we should render heartfelt thanks and praise to our God. And each of this Psalm’s 26 verses ends with the simple but profound refrain, “for his steadfast love endures forever.” (The KJV renders it as “for his mercy endures forever.”)

And so in many way it is the steadfast love or mercy of God that is the chief reason for our thankfulness to Him. And each of the things mentioned throughout this Psalm’s brief 26 verses is then to be seen as an example and evidence of the steadfast love of God toward us.

As you read through the Psalm, you will notice that the Psalmist takes us on a tour of sorts through the redemptive history of the Old Testament! God is to be thanked for His steadfast love in creation and providence (v.4-9, echoing the early chapters of Genesis).

God is also to be thanked for His great work of the salvation of His people in the Exodus (v.10-15), and His continued preservation of them throughout the wilderness wanderings (v.16).

God is also to be praised for leading His people safely into Canaan, the land of promise, overcoming their enemies, and giving them the land that He had promised (v.17-24).

And so when we read the Old Testament historical accounts of creation, providence, and the redemption of Israel from slavery in Egypt, and God’s miraculous preserving and defending them, and getting them safely to the land of promise, this Psalm would teach us to see all of these things as an abundance of examples and evidences of the steadfast love of God toward us in Jesus Christ.

For the salvation of Israel from slavery in Egypt is the great Old Testament type or foreshadowing of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and our salvation in Him by the grace of God.

For just as God rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt with an outstretched arm, and brought them safely home, even so in the gospel of Christ God redeems us from slavery to sin, preserves and defends us throughout the time of our earthly pilgrimage, and will certainly bring us all the way home to heaven.

In other words, God finishes what He starts. And He does so because His steadfast love toward us endures forever.

We hope that you will join us as we examine this great passage of the Word of God this Lord’s day!

**No Sunday Night Bible Study this Week**