Wednesday of Lent 3, March 22, 2017 Psalm 136:26
Psalm 136:26 English Standard Version (ESV)
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
God is constantly at work transcending everything mundane. The comprehensive listing of God’s works and mercies culminates with His rule of heaven, where all His saints will enjoy His steadfast love forever. 1
The premise of the whole psalm is “His steadfast love endures forever.” What does it mean that God’s love is steadfast to His redeemed people? It means His love is always present, unending, and loyal.
Christ’s love is always present. In your deepest fear, failures and rebellion He is always near to give you grace. This affects your relationship with Him –The love of God saves you from despondency and isolation. Christ’s love is unending. As your deepest fear, failures, and rebellion continues and persists, Christ still meets you with more grace. Because His grace always outlasts your sin. God doesn’t love you more when you obey Him more. Grace saves you from the guilt brought on by your own performance.
Give ear to our prayers, O Lord, and direct the way of your servants in safety under your protection, that, amid all the changes of our earthly pilgrimage, we may be guarded by your mighty aid; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. 2
 Concordia Study Bible © 2009 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis Collect for Wednesday of Lent 3, http://www.liturgies.net/Lent/LentenCollects.htm
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