Psalm 136

This psalm has two lines that alternate: (a) give thanks to the LORD for doing great things, and (b) his love endures forever. It was probably sung in parts.

 


 

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD

 

VERSE 1. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his loving kindness endures forever.

he is good. This is a key attribute of the character of God. Yet it’s usually the first one that people forget. A naysayer of the faith will complain that God is not good, that he is somehow sinister or cruel or unmerciful or unloving or such.

his loving kindness endures forever. God’s love endures forever.

 

VERSE 2. Give thanks to the God of gods; for his loving kindness endures forever.

the God of gods. The LORD God is superior to the gods of the nations.

 

VERSE 3. Give thanks to the Lord of lords; for his loving kindness endures forever:

the Lord of lords. The LORD God is superior to earthly rulers and lords.

 

VERSE 4. To him who alone does great wonders; for his loving kindness endures forever:

does great wonders. The LORD God did great signs and wonders to free his people from their slavery in Egypt.

 

VERSE 5. To him who by understanding made the heavens; for his loving kindness endures forever:

made the heavens. The LORD God is the creator of the universe.

 

VERSE 6. To him who spread out the earth above the waters; for his loving kindness endures forever:

spread out the earth. The LORD God created the earth.

above the waters. In the days when this psalm was written, people imagined the earth floated above the waters of chaos.

 

VERSE 7. To him who made the great lights; for his loving kindness endures forever:

the great lights. The “great lights” are the sun (see verse 8) and the moon and stars (see verse 9).

 

VERSE 8. The sun to rule by day; for his loving kindness endures forever;

The sun. The LORD God created the sun.

 

VERSE 9. The moon and stars to rule by night; for his loving kindness endures forever:

moon and stars. The LORD God created the moon and stars.

 

VERSE 10. To him who struck down the Egyptian firstborn; for his loving kindness endures forever;

struck down the Egyptian firstborn. This was the tenth plague in Egypt.

 

VERSE 11. And brought out Israel from among them; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 12. With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm; for his loving kindness endures forever:

 

VERSE 13. To him who divided the Sea of Suf apart; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 14. And made Israel to pass through the middle of it; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 15. But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Sea of Suf; for his loving kindness endures forever:

 

VERSE 16. To him who led his people through the wilderness; for his loving kindness endures forever:

 

VERSE 17. To him who struck great kings; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 18. And killed mighty kings; for his loving kindness endures forever:

 

VERSE 19. Sihon king of the Amorites; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 20. Og king of Bashan; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 21. And gave their land as an inheritance; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 22. Even a heritage to Israel his servant; for his loving kindness endures forever:

 

VERSE 23. Who remembered us in our low estate; for his loving kindness endures forever;

 

VERSE 24. And has delivered us from our adversaries; for his loving kindness endures forever:

 

VERSE 25. Who gives food to every creature; for his loving kindness endures forever.

 

VERSE 26. Oh give thanks to the God of heaven; for his loving kindness endures forever.

the God of heaven. This is the only place in the psalms where this title of God is used.

 


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