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Are You Zoning Out or Zoning In?

“For his lovingkindness is everlasting.” – Psalm 136:1

Psalm 136 is composed of 26 verses, with the second half of each and every verse repeating the phrase “for his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Repetition is a funny thing – it can either make you zone out, or zone in. If I read this psalm quickly, the second half of each verse begins to blur, and I find myself racing through it. I’ve even skipped the repeated phrase entirely on occasion, and just read the first portion of each verse! After all, why should I re-read a single phrase 26 times??

Or, I can zone in. There is a reason this psalm, with its 26-fold repetition, was included in the holy Scripture. And maybe – just maybe – it’s because the phrase is so incredibly important that God wants to draw our attention to it. Help us focus on it. Encourage us to plumb the depths of this wonderful truth.

Are we going to zone out, or zone in?

  • Read Psalm 136 out loud. Don’t rush. Savor each word, and every repetition of the phrase “for his lovingkindess is everlasting.”

  • Consider: God’s lovingkindness is everlasting … in your past, in your present, in your future, in your troubles, in your joys … in every circumstance of your life.

  • What difference does it make to know that God’s steadfast love is supporting you every moment of the day?

  • What can help you remember – every day – God’s eternal love for you?

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