1O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
3O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
(Psalm 136:1-3, King James Version)
He is Good
Psalm 136 begins with three statements which are all true! It is easy to read right through these first three verses without stopping to ponder their implications, but we do a definite disservice to the text if we do that very thing. We are told three things:
1. The Lord is good.
2. He is God of gods.
3. He is Lord of lords.
When we stop and think of the statement, "The Lord is good," we must remember that this statement is not true of any other gods or people! In our day we tend to use the term "good" rather loosely, but in truth no one is really good except God. The Psalmist adds the text, "For His mercy endureth for ever." Certainly no one but God can make such a claim. In a day when cynicism abounds, what a wonder that we can latch on to our Bibles and say, "I can trust everything in God's Word, for not only is it all true, but it is good, and it endures forever!
What of verse 2? O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. All through history, man has worshiped many gods, but only God is truly the God of all gods. Do you remember the time when the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant and put it into the same house as their god, Dagon? What happened?
Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. (1 Samuel 5:1-4, New King James Version)
God is God and there is no other! No man-made deity has power over God; even Satan and his minions all must bow the knee to God. They are free for a time to snatch as many from the kingdom of man as they can, but their days are certainly numbered. Oh that man would repent and turn to God, for truly only in Him are all peoples blessed forever!
What of the statement, "He is Lord of lords." Even as believers, we struggle with this statement. I do not mean that we doubt its truth, but we often doubt it by our actions. Do we truly live as though no man is our lord? From a practical perspective, we must realize that all authority is God-given; therefore no authority can require us to go against the laws of God.
Unfortunately, we live in a society which is fast attempting to destroy the effect of God's laws upon this world. Will they succeed? No! They may succeed in spreading heathenism and hypocrisy throughout the world, but they cannot destroy God's laws. Whether they observe those laws or not, God's laws will never cease to exist. As believers we must be very careful that we remember that our one and only true Lord is Christ. All other authorities are under His authority, though they may never acknowledge that truth.
Therefore, our first allegiance must always be to Christ. When commanded to disobey the Law of God, we must refuse. Unfortunately, that may become more and more of an issue as we see nation after nation running away from the principles taught in God's Holy Word.
So, remember today who this God is Whom we serve. He is good! He, alone, is good! Go, then, and live this day for His glory!
God Bless You,