Repetition

Read Psalm 136

Focus on verse 1

In the days that the psalms were written, writing was fairly uncommon. Very few people knew how to read much less write, so if something was to be remembered it had to be memorized. If it was meant to be memorized it was often written in poetic or even story form, so that it could more easily be passed along. The key to remembering songs and poems in those days was in the repetition of key words and phrases.

In today’s reading the psalmist uses the identical line to end every sentence. “for his steadfast love endures forever.” One comes away from it not only remembering that line, but with the impression that this is a very important thought that the Lord would have us remember. That thought being that “his steadfast love endures forever”. If we remember nothing else but that “the steadfast love of the Lord, endures for ever” we do well.

How blessed we are to have not only the option of memorizing wonderful promises like this one, but we have access to the written text and the freedom to read it any time we choose. How tragic that we so often set it aside to focus on things that in the grand scope of things will seem rather trivial.

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About Dented-Knight

A knight with polished, shining, perfect armor is typically one with no battle experience. It is the knight in dented armor that knows what it costs to win.
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