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Bible Reading: Psalm 136

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
5 To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
6 To Him who spread out the earth above the waters, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
7 To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting:
8 The sun to rule by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
9 The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

10 To Him who smote the Egyptians in their firstborn, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
11 And brought Israel out from their midst, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
12 With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
13 To Him who divided the Red Sea asunder, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
15 But He overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
17 To Him who smote great kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
18 And slew mighty kings, For His lovingkindness is everlasting:
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
20 And Og, king of Bashan, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
21 And gave their land as a heritage, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
22 Even a heritage to Israel His servant, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
24 And has rescued us from our adversaries, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
25 Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 136

 

This psalm is known by the Jews as The Great Hallel. “Hallel” is where we get the English word “hallelujah”. So we might call this The Great Hallelujah. It is a song of thanksgiving as it repeats 26 times declaring that the lovingkindess of God is everlasting. As you read through this psalm, make it your song today. Use this outline as your guide:

 

First, thank the Lord for who He is. Verses 1-3 start the thanksgiving and then verse 26 closes the prayer of gratitude. Thank the Lord for He is good. He is the God above all gods and Lord above all lords. He is the God of heaven and there is none like Him. Amen.

 

Thank the Lord for the gift of creation. Verses 4-9 recite God’s work of the universe. It is a testimony of His power. Today as you reflect on His glory of creation please understand that this does not even compare to His love for you. For all His majesty this God loves you so much to bring redemption to you.

 

Verses 10-22 speaks of this redemption. This psalm remembers the pains God took to redeem Israel from the bondage of Egypt and give them the Promise Land as an inheritance. Pause for a moment and recount to the Lord how He brought you out of captivity of sin and freed you to live a life of purpose. Rejoice in your restored relationship with this great God.

 

Finally, as you read verses 23-26, thank God for His consistent watching over you. He remembers us when we are down, defeats our enemies, and sustains us with every good gift that we need. Give thanks to the Lord. Hallelujah.

 

Weekly Memory Verse: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! Ps 133.1