Psalms 136

Psalm 136

1 Give thanks to the LORD because he is good. God's faithful love lasts forever!
2 Give thanks to the God of all gods— God's faithful love lasts forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of all lords— God's faithful love lasts forever.
4 Give thanks to the only one who makes great wonders— God's faithful love lasts forever.
5 Give thanks to the one who made the skies with skill— God's faithful love lasts forever.
6 Give thanks to the one who shaped the earth on the water— God's faithful love lasts forever.
7 Give thanks to the one who made the great lights— God's faithful love lasts forever.
8 The sun to rule the day— God's faithful love lasts forever.
9 The moon and the stars to rule the night— God's faithful love lasts forever!
10 Give thanks to the one who struck down the Egyptians' oldest offspring— God's faithful love lasts forever.
11 Give thanks to the one who brought Israel out of there— God's faithful love lasts forever.
12 With a strong hand and outstretched arm— God's faithful love lasts forever!
13 Give thanks to the one who split the Reed Sea in two— God's faithful love lasts forever.
14 Give thanks to the one who brought Israel through— God's faithful love lasts forever.
15 And tossed Pharaoh and his army into the Reed Sea— God's faithful love lasts forever!
16 Give thanks to the one who led his people through the desert— God's faithful love lasts forever.
17 Give thanks to the one who struck down great kings— God's faithful love lasts forever.
18 And killed powerful kings— God's faithful love lasts forever.
19 Sihon, the Amorite king— God's faithful love lasts forever.
20 Og, king of Bashan— God's faithful love lasts forever.
21 Handing their land over as an inheritance— God's faithful love lasts forever.
22 As an inheritance to Israel, his servant— God's faithful love lasts forever!
23 God remembered us when we were humiliated— God's faithful love lasts forever.
24 God rescued us from our enemies— God's faithful love lasts forever.
25 God is the one who provides food for all living things— God's faithful love lasts forever!
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven— God's faithful love lasts forever!

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Psalms 136 Commentary

Chapter 136

God to be praised as the Creator of the world. (1-9) As Israel's God and Saviour. (10-22) For his blessings to all. (23-26)

Verses 1-9 Forgetful as we are, things must be often repeated to us. By "mercy" we understand the Lord's disposition to save those whom sin has rendered miserable and vile, and all the provision he has made for the redemption of sinners by Jesus Christ. The counsels of this mercy have been from everlasting, and the effects of it will endure for ever, to all who are interested in it. The Lord continues equally ready to show mercy to all who seek for it, and this is the source of all our hope and comfort.

Verses 10-22 The great things God did for Israel, when he brought them out of Egypt, were mercies which endured long to them; and our redemption by Christ, which was typified thereby, endures for ever. It is good to enter into the history of God's favours, and in each to observe, and own, that his mercy endureth for ever. He put them in possession of a good land; it was a figure of the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Verses 23-26 God's everlasting mercy is here praised for the redemption of his church; in all his glories, and all his gifts. Blessed be God, who has provided and made known to us salvation through his Son. May we know and feel his redeeming power, that we may serve him in righteousness all our days. May He who giveth food to all flesh, feed our souls unto eternal life, and enliven our affections by his grace, that we may give thanks and praise to his holy name, for his mercy endureth for ever. Let us trace up all the favours we receive to this true source, and offer praise continually.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or Red Sea; also in 136:15

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 136

This psalm was very probably composed by David, and given to the Levites to sing every day, 1Ch 16:41. Solomon his son followed his example, and made use of them in singing at the dedication of the temple, 2Ch 7:3,6; as Jehoshaphat seems to have done when he went out to war against his enemies, 2Ch 20:21. The subject of it is much the same with the preceding psalm; its composition is very singular; the half of every verse: in it is, "for his mercy endureth for ever"; this is the burden of the song; and the design of it is to show, that all blessings of every kind flow from the grace, goodness, and mercy of God, which is constant and perpetual; and to impress a sense of it upon the minds of men: the inscription of the Syriac version is,

``it is said of Moses and Israel praising the Lord for those who were delivered; and concerning the deliverance of souls out of hell from Pharaoh, the devil, by Christ our Saviour, the Redeemer of them.''

R. Obadiah says it is an exhortation to the children of God in the days of the Messiah to praise the Lord.

Psalms 136 Commentaries