I think the Lord is trying to tell us something in Psalm 136. Well, if you have ever read it, it’s obvious. He’s trying to drill in our heads and hearts that “His steadfast love endures forever.” This statement is repeated 26 times, once after every stanza in this psalm. Why? The psalmist isn’t stuttering or trying to sound like a song on repeat. He didn’t hit copy and paste after every sentence just to make the psalm longer. He is making an intentional reflection on God’s constant and faithful love in all of His great works in the past. It’s almost like he is saying to himself and his audience, “Do you get it?”

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Verses 4-9 refer to God’s creation in Genesis 1
  • Verses 10-15 refer to God’s deliverance in Exodus 11-14
  • Verses 16-22 refer to God’s care in Numbers 14-36

Like the psalmist, reflect on God’s work in the past, both in the Bible and in your own life. How is your life different because of God? Where would you be without Him?

The greatest work of God is seen at the cross of Christ. Like God’s work in this psalm, it’s at the cross where we see God’s work of creation as we become new creations in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), His work of deliverance as he “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13), and His care for us as we’re “blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3).

When you reflect on God’s transforming work in your life, and see that His steadfast love endures forever, it will cause you to give thanks to the God of gods and Lord of lords, for He is good! Let this truth sink into your heart and mind. Do you get it?

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1)

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

4 to him who alone does great wonders,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

7 to him who made the great lights,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

8 the sun to rule over the day,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

11 and brought Israel out from among them,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

18 and killed mighty kings,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

20 and Og, king of Bashan,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

21 and gave their land as a heritage,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

22 a heritage to Israel his servant,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

24 and rescued us from our foes,

for his steadfast love endures forever;

25 he who gives food to all flesh,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

*Tip! To better understand the story line, read every other verse with the overall theme of “for his steadfast love endures forever.”

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