From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 136:10-26 | Hosea 6:1-9:17 | 3 John 1-15 | Proverbs 29:12-14
Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 136
Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. (Psalm 136:26 NIV)
Repetition can be a powerful rhetorical device. It brings emphasis making the point crystal clear. It enables the reader or listener to remember.
Repetition can be a powerful liturgical device. It helps us slow down and focus on a key theme long enough to let it sink in. It gives time for the truth to engage not only the mind, but the heart.
This Psalm is a great example. The love of God (Hebrew: hesed) is the focus. This Hebrew term, actually is much fuller than is suggested by the word love. It is certainly that, but so much more. It is the relentless love…
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