BIBLE: Psalm Chapter 136 – Headline “Wonderful Wonders and Awe”

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Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

Psalm 136

What should I learn from this chapter?

  • The First and Head of Creation
  • The Passover
  • The Exodus
  • The Red Sea
  • The Conquering of the Nations for the Promised Land
  • The Inheritance
  • Twenty Six

Repetition helps the memory. The message is obvious but hard to remember in times of trouble: “For His mercy endures forever.”

Psalm 136 has a certain beat which adds to the fervor.

Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy

Psalm 136:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

John 10:11-18 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

Psalm 136:Oh, give thanks to the God of gods!
For His mercy endures forever.

Deuteronomy 10:17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

Psalm 136:Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever:
Psalm 136:To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;

Praise to God, HE made the Heavens and the Earth.

Psalm 136:To Him who laid out the earth above the waters,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:To Him who made great lights,
For His mercy endures forever—
Psalm 136:The sun to rule by day,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:The moon and stars to rule by night,
For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 136:10 To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn,
For His mercy endures forever;

The same day the Pharaoh lost his firstborn in the Plague in 1446 BC is the same day of the year and week God lost his Firstborn in 31 AD.
See: Jesus’ Crucifixion Week

Psalm 136:11 And brought out Israel from among them,
For His mercy endures forever;

God separated the Hebrews from the Egyptians, just as He separated the walls of the Red Sea.
The Hebrew word “holy” means to be separated.
God separates Himself from Sin, calling Himself “Holy”, sacred, set apart.

Psalm 136:12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm (Mighty power),
For His mercy endures forever;
  • Note: An outstretched arm is the son of a king. In this case, the outstretched arm is the Son of God, the prince, Jesus the Messiah.
Psalm 136:13 To Him who divided the Red Sea in two,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:14 And made Israel pass through the midst of it,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea,
For His mercy endures forever;

The Pharaoh “dammed up” the Hebrews from leaving Egypt so God “dammed up” the waters of the Red Sea and drowned Pharaoh and all his nobles.

Psalm 136:16 To Him who led His people through the wilderness,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:17 To Him who struck down great kings,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:18 And slew famous kings,
For His mercy endures forever—
Psalm 136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:20 And Og king of Bashan,
For His mercy endures forever—

Deuteronomy 31:4 And the Lord will do to them as He did to Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and their land, when He destroyed them.

Psalm 136:21 And gave their land as a heritage (inheritance),
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:22 A heritage to Israel His servant,
For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 136:23 Who remembered us in our lowly state,
For His mercy endures forever;

Proverbs 3:34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.

Psalm 136:24 And rescued us from our enemies,
For His mercy endures forever;
Psalm 136:25 Who gives food to all flesh,
For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 136:26 Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven!
For His mercy endures forever.

The gematria number of YHWH is 26. There are 26 verses in Psalm 136 repeating 26 times “For His mercy endures forever”.

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