Great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalm 117:2
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation. 2 Corinthians 1:3
Some days things aren’t going well. We may be anxious and worried about something in our lives. Things don’t always go well, and we tend to focus on problems and barriers. Then, we read that we need to Praise the Lord – that can be difficult when we don’t feel like praising.
Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible – only two verses long but full of comfort and hope. In verse one, we read that all nations and all people everywhere are to praise the Lord, verse two tells us the reasons why. This is not something we can do on our own. Rather, the emphasis is on the wonderful, everlasting, complete love that God has for us, all of us. Our praise is in response to that love that never ends.
Paul also writes that God is the God of all consolation. This consolation is there for us, all the time. Not only that, but we are then equipped to help others and be their consolation when needed. God is eternal. His love for us and His faithfulness are forever.
From the hymn: Great is Thy Faithfulness, Thomas O. Chisholm
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with
Thee Thou changest not,
Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be
Great is Thy faithfulness Morning by morning new mercies
I see All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
Eternal God, you endure forever. How can we mortals understand that? Your steadfast love overwhelms us like a wave that never stops. You never give up on us. You comfort us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort others who are in affliction with the same comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by you. We thank you and praise you for our Lord Jesus Christ, whose resurrection and continuing life among us give us a taste of forever. Amen.