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Psalm 136 - Gratitude & Thankfulness

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Andy Yung



Psalm 136 NLT

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavens so skilfully.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who placed the earth among the waters.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who made the heavenly lights –

His faithful love endures forever.

the sun to rule the day,

His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who killed the firstborn of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

He brought Israel out of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who parted the Red Sea.

His faithful love endures forever.

He led Israel safely through,

His faithful love endures forever.

but He hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who led His people through the wilderness.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to Him who struck down mighty kings.

His faithful love endures forever.

He killed powerful kings –

His faithful love endures forever.

Sihon king of the Amorites,

His faithful love endures forever.

and Og king of Bashan.

His faithful love endures forever.

God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance –

His faithful love endures forever.

a special possession to His servant Israel.

His faithful love endures forever.

He remembered us in our weakness.

His faithful love endures forever.

He saved us from our enemies.

His faithful love endures forever.

He gives food to every living thing.

His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His faithful love endures forever.


This Psalm was written to be sung by a congregation in a certain way... The leader of the congregation would proclaim the mighty acts of God, and the congregation would reply with a refrain, “His faithful love endures forever”. In the English Standard Version, it’s “His steadfast love endures forever”.


God’s love is faithful and steadfast; it is unshakable, lasting and continues (“endures”) forever. Is this the conviction we hold deeply in our hearts when we respond to the declarations of the song leader in our worship in church?


This Psalm is divided into the following sections:


Exaltation


Vs. 1-9: Proclaim our exaltations to God! God is good. He is above all gods for they are not gods at all. He alone performs the miracles in our lives. Just look at His creation - the sun, moon and stars are made by Him to serve their functions!


Deliverance


Vs. 10-16: Let's do a stock check of our lives, how has God rescued us? Do not just look at your current troubles; look back on God’s faithfulness in delivering us from our problems!


God Will Provide


Vs. 17-25: God remembers us and will provide us with our daily needs. Have we forgotten that God is the one who provides the things we have taken for granted, daily??!!


While this Psalm repeated 26 times that His faithful love endures forever”, its core purpose is not to merely remind us of God’s love for us. The Psalmist was calling us to be grateful and thankful to God. I think this is most important. How can we be faithful to God if we are not thankful for what He has done for us?


In response to the Psalmist’s reminder of God’s past mighty acts, we should not lose faith in God in our current troubles and worries. God’s love for us endures through time. We need to see God’s plan and continue to stand with God.


A test of our gratitude to God is the way we treat others. Are we consistently thankful to the people in our lives for the big and small things that they do for us? God places all these people around us. How we treat them is a reflection of our gratitude to God. Thankfulness has to be part of our lives daily, starting from our homes to our workplace. Do we say ‘thank you’ to the cleaners who clear our table at the canteen? Some of us may feel that since they are simply doing what they are paid to do, then they do not deserve our thanks. This is similar to how we treat God sometimes; we expect Him to love us since He created us. Do we need to expect love from God when He has already showered love on us?


This Psalm teaches how we can exalt God for who He is. Be thankful for the deliverance we've experienced, and remember that God will continue to provide for us. I want to be grateful to God and be thankful for all the things I have in my life.



Andy Yung

Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.