Psalm 136:1, "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."
When traveling, it is good to have information about the place you are visiting; things like must see attractions, good local food, and clean places to stay are all valued knowledge, especially if the insight came from people who have already been there. One of the tools I use for this purpose is an app called Yelp. Basically, Yelp features businesses that provide a service, then collects reviews from people's experience and issues a rating based on a five-star system. For example, in Jackson, Mississippi, there is a restaurant called Table 100 which serves Southern American and French cuisine. When you look at their review, you will find that 162 people left a rating. Out of the dining experience of those 162 people, Table 100 earned an average score of four-and-a-half stars out of five. Based on these recommendations of others, Table 100 is now on my list of places to eat the next time I am in the area of Jackson, Mississippi. I want to experience it for myself.
Recently when reading the 136th chapter of Psalms, I saw it as one nation's experience with the God of heaven. As I finished the chapter, it became clear that this was a twenty-six star review on the mercy of the LORD. Twenty-six times, at the end of every verse, the Psalmist concludes, "... for his mercy endureth for ever." His path scales from the highest of heights to the lowest of lows; through all of life's twists and turns, God's mercy endures. His mercy exceeded every circumstance, it overwhelmed each trial, and its performance was off the charts. God's mercy went beyond sufficient; it excelled.
How about you? If people read your "review of God's goodness and mercy," would they want to try it for themselves? Would people leave with a bitter taste of God or would the praise of your lips cause them to have an appetite for the LORD?
Would your testimony mirror the Psalmist? "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."
Written by Dale Money