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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 136: The Many Reasons for thanking God for His love

 

[Preliminary Comments: In many ways this is one of the most straight forward of all the psalms with its chorus-echo of declaring the Lord's lasting love, revealed in lists of the things He had done by Creating the world and by creating Israel.]

 

     

v.1-3 Initial multi-call to give thanks for loving aspects of the Lord

v.1  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures for ever.
v.2  Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures for ever.
v.3  Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures for ever.

 

v.4-9 Thanks for His love demonstrated in His Creation

v.4  to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures for ever.
v.5  who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures for ever.
v.6  who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures for ever.
v.7  who made the great lights 
His love endures for ever.
v.8  the sun to govern the day,
His love endures for ever.
v.9  the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures for ever.

 

v.10-22 Thanks for His love demonstrated in the Exodus

v.10  to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures for ever.
v.11  and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures for ever.
v.12  with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures for ever.

v.13  to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures for ever.
v.14  and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures for ever.
v.15  but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures for ever.

v.16  to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures for ever.

v.17  to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures for ever.
v.18  and killed mighty kings 
His love endures for ever.
v.19  Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures for ever.
v.20  and Og king of Bashan 
His love endures for ever.
v.21  and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures for ever.
v.22  an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures for ever.

 

v.23-26 Thanks for His love that reaches down, delivers from enemies & provides

v.23  He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures for ever.
v.24  and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures for ever.
v.25  He gives food to every creature.
His love endures for ever.

v.26  Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures for ever.

 

 

[Additional Comments: There is here perhaps a template to use to thank and praise God for His love creation and the nation of Israel His works!]

    

    

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