Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136

Forever, ‘olam. Strong’s #5769. Eternity; the ages; infinity; the universe, the world. From the verb ‘alam (“veil from sight” or “conceal”), ‘olam refers to that infinite and expanding expanse God has created.  It represents both an unending expanse of space (universe) and time (eternity), which indicates the limitless dimensions in which God’s sovereignty is displayed.

God is called ‘El ‘Olam, “the Everlasting God” (Genesis 21:33; Isaiah 40:28). As God is eternal, so is His mercy  le’olam, that is, “unto the forever.”

The literal meaning of Endures is “because forever is His mercy.” Mercy (Hebrew chesed) is also translated “Lovingkindness,” “Unfailing love,” or “steadfast covenant love,” and is similar to the New Testament word “grace.”

We in our corporate worship of God use this type of singing where worship leaders recite the first part of each verse, and the congregation responds with His mercy endures forever.

The repetitive style of this psalm is similar to that of early African-American slave songs which are rooted in traditional African performance practices known as “call-and-response.”  A wonderful way of expressing our thanksgiving  to our Lord.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 01:44:07

    Another great word study, Manny, and perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Forever is, indeed, a hard concept to grasp. God’s word uses the word so many times, how can anyone deny “the impossible?” With God all things are possible.

    What a glorious God we have!!!


  2. John
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 16:42:47

    Do you know who made the beautiful artwork of the five figures against the colourful sky?


  3. Mannyr
    Oct 14, 2013 @ 16:45:41

    John, I have traced this awesome picture back to this site: I hope this helps. This is one of my personal favorites, it says so much.


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