The Bounty Of God's Blessings. 22. He shook them off as if he would no longer protect them. It is a work of no less mercy and power to give his people grace to make use of an offered means of delivery, than to prepare the deliverance for them; but the constancy of God's mercy doth not only provide the means, but also giveth his people grace to make use thereof in all ages. How truly, then, may we exclaim, "His mercy endureth for ever!" Psalm 136:1 Last Sunday -- in preparation for this week's celebration of Thanksgiving -- I was privileged to teach on Psalm 136, one of the Psalms of Thanksgiving in Scripture. It is notable, our Lord Jesus, when there were but five barley loaves and two fishes (John 6:11), "He lift up his eyes and gave thanks." As grace is from the world's beginning (Psalms 25:6), so it is to the world's end, à seculo in seculum, from one generation to another. Remembering the poor is not barely a thought, but a relieving thought; therefore saith the Psalmist in the following verse, "who hath redeemed us from our enemies": this was the remembrance of God, redemption from enemies. 12. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. 25. Who giveth food to all flesh. Jesus, the Sun of Righteousness, alone, can do more for us than all his servants put together. Ver. What more can be desired? The vault seems to have been used as a burying place for slaves. “It is one of the shortest Psalms to read, but one of the longest to learn. Glory be to his name world without end! Remember his sovereign grace, when righteousness would show itself upon the guilty. The servant of the Lord. The only thing close is when Psalm 118:1-4 repeats, “His lovingkindness is everlasting” four times. We know not by whom this Psalm was written, but we do know that it was sung in Solomon's temple (2 Chronicles 7:3; 2 Chronicles 7:6), and by the armies of Jehoshaphat when they sang themselves into victory in the wilderness of Tekoa. 16. Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed: The singer aske… (See De 32:12, Psalms 72:18, etc.) "C.H. And in those heavens there is mercy to be seen as well as wisdom, the adaptation of the physical world to the circumstances of man, so that there is a relation between the weight of every dewdrop and the structure of the human body. Should not this give emphasis to our praises? It would then have been as fruitful a source of terror as it is now a fountain of thanksgiving. But overthrew Pharaoh, etc. Israelitish patriots felt that they, could never have too much of this music; God had protected their nation, and they chanted his praises with unwearied iteration. The exhortation is intensely earnest: the Psalmist pleads with the Lord's people with an "O", three times repeated. His mercy endureth for ever. It becomes the great God to grant great things. "He brought them forth also with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble person in all their tribes." Ver. To him that made great light: for his mercy endureth for ever. Praise him for what he has done in creation, Praise him for what he did in redeeming Israel from bondage, Praise him for what he did in his providence toward them, Praise him for his grace in times of calamity, Praise him for his grace to the world at large, Praise him at the remembrance that this God is the God of. The distinctive title of his name, Sethos, has been mutilated on all the monuments of Egypt. The perpetuity of mercy in this matter. Even thus was it in the deliverance of each one of us from the thraldom of sin; "according to the working of his mighty power which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.". The blood of the beasts under the law was a type of his. Had certain theologians of the present time been present at the Red Sea they would have cried in sentimental sympathy over the Egyptians, but instead of that Miriam took a timbrel and said, “Sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously.” The fates of sinful men are of small moment as compared with the glory of God. 3. 9. This is what Pliny the elder referred to in these words, "Caeli tristram discutit sol, et humani nubila animi serenat." To him that by wisdom made the heavens. Even an heritage unto Israel his servant. And the lords of the high places of Arnon: Woe to thee, Moab; thou art undone, thou people of. Praise him for what he did in his providence toward them (Psalms 136:16-22). 24. No hour is left without rule. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. He is immutably good. He led his people through the wilderness, etc. Ver. ... Charles Spurgeon. 11. Yes, but these singers did not groan over it. For his mercy endureth for ever. He set his wisdom to the task of fashioning a firmament, or an atmosphere suitable for a world upon which mortal men should dwell. Praise him for his grace in times of calamity (Psalms 136:23-24). Distrust the providence of heaven! To him that by wisdom made the heavens. —William De Burgh. It was a country worth singing about, richly justifying the two stanzas devoted to it. Though our provision be never so homely and slender, yet God's grace and mercy must be acknowledged. To him that by wisdom made the heavens. To him who alone doeth great wonders. These the Lord created in the beginning; and for the present age of man made or constituted them light bearers for the world. 7. Ver. Whither shall saints fear to follow her? He left them to perish. 4. Who alone doeth great wonders. —Andrew A. Bonar. Even to the depth of the sea mercy reaches, —there is no end to it, no obstacle in the way of it, no danger to believers in it, while Jehovah is all around. Ver. Ver. For his mercy endureth for ever. This is the last of the series of fifteen psalms with the title A Song of Ascents.It is a call to the priests and Levites of the temple to continue their service of praise, with the answer of a blessing back to the people. The greeting is addressed to those priests and Levites who have the night watch in the Temple; and this antiphon is purposely placed at the end of the collection of Songs of Degrees in order to take the place of a final "beracha" (Blessing). —David Clarkson, 1622-1686. God was alone in the wonderwork of Creation: Genesis 1:1-31. For his mercy endureth for ever. He makes our day. What a soft, clear sound there is about it. That is ever the choicest note of all. A God that gives a whale a ton of herrings for a breakfast, will he not care for my children?" Many sweet things are in the word of God, but the name of mercy is the sweetest word in all the Scriptures, which made David harp upon it twenty-six times in this Psalm: "For his mercy endureth for ever:" It was such a cheerful note in his ears when he struck upon mercy, that, like a bird that is taught to pipe, when he had sung it, he sang it again, and when he had sung it again, he recorded it again, and made it the burden of his song: "For his mercy endureth for ever." 13. Is alone in the wonderwork of Providence: Psalms 104:27-28. 24. In great mercy he has not left us to an uncertain, indistinct light, floating about fitfully, and without order; but he has concentrated light upon two grand luminaries, which, as far as we are concerned, are to us "great lights." Contributed by Anthony Zibolski on Dec 5, 2019. —Andrew A. Bonar. His fall was speedy and final, and the chosen people were so struck with it that they sung of his overthrow in their national songs. Though we hear them sounding peal upon peal, yet the judgments of the Lord were only loud mouthed mercies speaking confusion to the foe, that the chosen might tremble before him no longer. Egypt was glad when they departed. Ver. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. The first clauses of Psalms 136:2-3 (God of gods and Lord of Lords) are taken from De 10:17; Psalms 136:12, first clause (with a strong hand and stretched out arm) from De 4:34, and De 5:15. They therefore cannot close their song without having this other clause—Praise him who is the giver of bread to all flesh. This sentence is the wonder of Moses, the sum of revelation, and the hope of man. Even its eclipses, and those it produces of the sun, are not without their use. —George Wilson, in "Religio Chemici", 1862. (Psalms 136:10-15). This also is a creating miracle worthy of our loudest thanks. The enemy in his fury drove after Israel into the sea, but his wrath found a terrible recompense beneath the waves. The sinner goes downward of his own choice, and if he finds out too late that he return, is not his blood upon his own head? 3. —George Smith, in "Sacred Annals", 1850. De 3:1-29, Amos 2:1-16 —John Trapp. Ver. Whole Psalm. 16. In the liturgical language this Psalm is called par excellence the great Hallel, for according to its broadest compass the great Hallel comprehends Psalms 120:1-7; Psalms 121:1-8; Psalms 122:1-9; Psalms 123:1-4; Psalms 124:1-8; Psalms 125:1-5; Psalms 126:1-6; Psalms 127:1-5; Psalms 128:1-6; Psalms 129:1-8; Psalms 130:1-8; Psalms 131:1-3; Psalms 132:1-18; Psalms 133:1-3; Psalms 134:1-3; Psalms 135:1-21; Psalms 136:1-26, whilst the Hallel which is absolutely so called extends from Psalms 113:1-9; Psalms 114:1-8; Psalms 115:1-18; Psalms 116:1-19; Psalms 117:1-2; Psalms 118:1-29. —Franz Delitzsch. The entire system forms one grand complicated piece of celestial machinery; circle within circle, wheel within wheel, cycle within cycle; revolutions go swift as to be completed in a few hours; movements so slow, that their mighty periods are only counted by millions of years. 15. Let us make this occasion a time of praise and thanksgiving: let our hearts dance at the name of our God: let our lips give expression thereto, in joyful music. Ver. This appears four times in Psalms 118:1-4. What mercy is seen in the lamps of heaven gladdening our landscape at night! And brought out Israel from among them. Ver. Verses 1-4 commence with a threefold praise to God Verses 5-9 give praise to the creator of all things Verses 10-15 tell of the deliverance from Egypt and escape through the Red sea Nothing under heaven can be too great for him to give. 10. Because this psalm is a remembrance of Babylon, many commentators believe it was written after the return from exile. The moon and stars to rule by night. For the Lord even to think of us is a wealth of mercy. Thus should we strike up our harps in praising God at the first appearance of a mercy. God leads his people while in the wilderness. Our prayer is, "Lord, remember me", and this is our encouragement—he has remembered us. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 136:23 and more! Psalms 136:11-15. —Charnock. 2. "When all else is changing within and around, In God and his mercy no change can be found.". Thus God calleth them all his "firstborn": Exodus 4:22. —Matthew Pool. 12. 26. "Og, king of Bashan", last of the giants (De 3:11), fared no better for all his strength than Sihon. The purpose of the sacred narrative being to describe the adaption of the earth to the use of man, no account is taken of the nature of the stars, as suns or planets, but merely as signs in the heavens. In another Psalm it is said, "He leadeth them beside the still waters, he maketh them to lie down in green pastures"; but the barren wilderness has no green pastures, the parched and arid desert has no still waters. DIVISION OF PSALM 136 This psalm is a continued exhortation to praise the Lord for the perpetual displays of his mercy. Like the preceding Psalm, this Psalm allies itself to the Book of Deuteronomy. Ver. And made Israel to pass through the midst of it, etc. Many of us enjoyed watching the Olympics in Rio De Janiero this summer. Glory be to the divine conqueror. Ver. And what is the reason he giveth food to all flesh? 4. The former blows had missed their aim compared with the last; but that "smote Egypt." In Isaiah 64:5, we read, "In thy mercy is continuance." He is good beyond all others: indeed, he alone is good in the highest sense; he is the source of good, the good of all good, the sustainer of good, the perfecter of good, and the rewarder of good. Who but the Lord could have wrought this marvel? Everlastingness, or eternity, is a perfect possession, all at once, of an endless life (saith Boethius). Ver. To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn. Mercy and judgment. Jehovah is our God, to be worshipped and adored, and he is worthy of our reverence to the highest degree. So that, in this nocturnal luminary, as in all the other arrangements of nature, we behold a display of the paternal care and beneficence of that Almighty Being who ordained "the moon and the stars to rule by night", as an evidence of his superabundant goodness, and of "his mercy which endureth for ever." God is originally good—good of himself. This verse showeth that the sun shineth in the day, by the order which God hath set, and not for any natural cause alone, as some imagine and conjecture. Ver. ", Ver. Psalms 136:21 - And gave their land as a heritage, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, on It commences with a threefold praise to the Triune Lord (Psalms 136:1-3), then it gives us six notes of praise to the Creator (Psalms 136:4-9), six more upon deliverance from Egypt (Ps 134:10-15), and seven upon the journey through the wilderness and the entrance into Canaan. — What a mass of wisdom lies hidden in this one creating act! 1. Ver. They boasted of the Colossus that strode across the sea, but what shall we say to the heavens that span not only the earth but all the universe? This translation gives an image of locusts. Prayer of the dying thief turned into a song. Ver. The inspired writer calls us to praise Jehovah for all his goodness to us, and all the greatness of his power in blessing his chosen. 16. R. Ver. Ver. Personal mercies awake the sweetest song—"he remembered us." … —W.B.H. 25. Who giveth food to all flesh. I need not look so far as heaven for matter of marvel, though therein thou art infinitely glorious; while I have but a spider in my window, or a bee in my garden, or a worm under my foot: every one of these overcomes me with a just amazement: yet can I see no more than their very outsides; their inward form, which gives their being and operations, I cannot pierce into. Contributed by Shawn Miller on Jan 19, 2016. based on 1 rating. d) For his works of creation in particular (Psalms 136:5-9). God's goodness is a fountain; it is never dry. Contemplate the two reasons given—goodness and enduring mercy. Great, as those times accounted them, when every small city almost had her king. Ver. How could these kings hope to succeed when even mercy itself was in arms against them. And brought out Israel from among them. Ver. To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn. Among them, however, as might be expected at that era, were not a few philosophers of the Voltaire Diderot school. 5. page 233) doth Marcion wrong, though otherwise an heretic, in blaming him for holding that Christ saved those also that believed in him before his incarnation. 8. He led forth his people in no mean or clandestine manner. Bonaparte, who hated all idealogists, abstract reasoners, and logical demonstrators, no matter what they were demonstrating, would not fence with these subtle dialecticians, but had them immediately on deck, and, pointing to the stars in the clear sky, replied, by way of counter argument, "Very good, messieurs! —Thomas Manton. The expression implies that they had become like slaves, and were not set free without price and power; for they needed to be "redeemed." Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. The people knew nothing of the way, but they were led; they were a vast host, yet they were all led; there were neither roads nor tracks, but being led by unerring wisdom they never lost their way. Whole Psalm. A Thankful Heart. His goodness appears in creating the upper regions. Ver. DIVISION OF PSALM 136 This psalm is a continued exhortation to praise the Lord for the perpetual displays of his mercy. First, his essential mercy is eternity itself; for it is himself, and God hath not, but is, things. His love endures forever. "For his mercy endureth for ever." He can pluck off thy chariot wheels, strike thee in the hinder parts, cause thy heart to fail thee for fear, and in a moment fetch thy soul from thee: better were it for thee to have a millstone hanged about thy neck, and thou to be cast into the bottom of the sea, than to offend the least of these faithful ones; they are dear in his sight, tender to him, as the apple of his eye. e) For his works of Providence (Psalms 136:10-26). The influences of the sun are too many for us to enumerate them all, but untold benefits come to all orders of beings by its light, warmth, and other operations. "Forward?" —John Barlow, 1632. Their heart expands towards others; they would fain have all men share in what they enjoy. Ver. Psalms 137 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon The multiplied redemptions of the Christian life, and their inexhaustible spring. Ver. Yes, this is one of the best proofs of the immutability of his mercy, for if he could have changed towards any, it would certainly have been towards us who have brought ourselves low, kept ourselves low, and prepared ourselves to sink yet lower. 18,20. Ver. O give thanks unto the God of gods. It is exceedingly wonderful that men should worship gods who can do nothing, and forget the Lord who alone doeth great wonders. 2. How mercy is the eternal element of that rule, and therefore he is the eternal object of praise. 9. From king to slave each one was wounded in the most tender point. Nor is it without intention that the doxology is threefold, indicating, doubtless, like the threefold invocation of the Name of the Lord in the blessing of the people (Numbers 6:24-26) God in Trinity, "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost", as now fully revealed. —John Trapp. If the end of one mercy were not the beginning of another, we were undone. Since it requires me to be an atheist that I may logically reject miracles, I prefer the far smaller difficulty of believing in the infinite power of God. That is the beginning of our praise, the essential goodness of God from which all the streams of mercy flow. Used by Permission. His mercy. When the psalmist prayed this, he prayed for the fulfillment of a promise God had already made. Stars to rule by night. Glory be to God the faithful One. Kings judged to be great because of the armies at their back blocked up their road. Israel's enemies brought the people low; but the Lord intervened, and turned the tables by a great redemption. 13. The first is, an heavy complaint of the church, unto Psa 137:1-6. Ver. Mark the one sole cause of his bounty—. 15. 25. Who giveth food to all flesh, etc. on Whole Psalm.—This Psalm is composed of two parts. The God of gods. 1. It extends its sway even over the human frame, and our health and disorders are sometimes partially dependent on its influence. Hence, in all ages, a moonlight scene has been regarded, by all ranks of men, with feelings of joy and sentiments of admiration. This Psalm is composed of two parts. 787: "A Song, a Solace, a Sermon, and a Summons.". Our state was once so low as to be at hell's mouth; since then it has been low in poverty, bereavement, despondency, sickness, and heart sorrow, and we fear, also, sinfully low in faith, and love, and every other grace; and yet the Lord has not forgotten us as a dead thing out of mind; but he has tenderly remembered us still. The first is, an heavy complaint of the church, unto Ps 137:7. The lantern of the world (lucerna Mundi), as Copernicus names the sun, enthroned in the centre—according to Theon of Smyrna, the all vivifying, pulsating heart of the universe, is the primary source of light and of radiating heat, and the generator of numerous terrestrial, electromagnetic processes, and indeed of the greater part of the organic vital activity upon our planet, more especially that of the vegetable kingdom. 7. Ring that silver bell again. Psalms 136:10. John Jebb, A.M., in "A Literal Translation of the Book of Psalms," 1846. Oh, deep abyss of infinite love. His love endures forever. 1865-1885, Finding the new version too difficult to understand? What have the gods of the heathen done? Effectual calling; the intervention at the determined moment of the mercy of infinite ages. —Augustine, in Neale and Littledale. 24. This Psalm was very probably composed by David, and given to the Levites to sing every day: 1 Chronicles 16:41. What am I better for anybody's thinking of me, if he do not take notice of me, so as to pity me in my low estate? Ver. Ver. Yes, mercy continued to protect its children, and therefore called in the aid of justice to fulfil the capital sentence on their foes. Og was soon ousted from his stronghold when the captain of the Lord's host led the war against him. The leasehold of Canaan to Israel after the flesh was made dependent upon suit and service rendered to the Lord of the manor by whom the lease was granted. Singing to the self. "Thou wilt surely bring them in", said the prophet poet; and here we see the deed complete. His favours come down on generation after generation, and to his willing, obedient people they shall flow on during eternal ages. To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. 1. Great also in regard of their stature and strength; for they were of the giants' race. For his mercy endureth for ever. i. 6. Praise him for his grace in times of calamity (Psalms 136:23-24). 26. 1. —C.H. Such an emigration as this the world never saw. He dashed in pieces the enemy with his right hand. 3. There was mercy even then to Israel —drops of that mercy that for ever endureth—at the very time when judgment fell on others. Spurgeon said that he often carried with him a small book of God's promises ("Clarke's Precious Promises"), and he turned to specific promises to help him at needful times. 13. —Neale and Littledale. 11. One of the highlights was when Simone Manuel, a 19-year-old Texan, upset many of the favorites and won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle sprint. Unto his name let us give thanks for this further proof of his favour to the chosen ones. So in spiritual things. The Lord is the Maker of every star, be the stars what they may; he calleth them all by their names, and at his bidding each messenger with his torch enlightens our darkness. Ver. Emphatically to the who world: power made known, Christ foreshadowed, an important link in the chain of redemption. Ver. They serve as a magnificent "time piece", to determine the true length of the day and of the year, and to mark with accuracy all their subordinate divisions. His tomb was desecrated, and his sarcophagus publicly and judicially broken. The Lord of lords. Sihon king of the Amorites. He was valiant and powerful, so as to be both great and famous; but as he wilfully refused to give a peaceful passage to the Israelites, and fought against them in malice, there was no choice for it but to let him run into that destruction which he courted. Psalms 136 He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. And hath redeemed us from our enemies. He speaks of all that people as of one man, because they were united together in one body, in the worship of one and the same God. ), —Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, in "The History of the Jewish Church.". See "Spurgeon's Sermons", No. Love unharmed mounting immortal above the wave: "for his mercy endureth for ever.". Ver. But the waves of light not only exert a decomposing and combining action on the corporeal world; they not only call forth the tender germs of plants from the earth, generate the green colouring matter (chlorophyll) within the leaf, and give colour to the fragrant blossom —they not only produce myriads of reflected images of the Sun in the graceful play of the waves, as in the moving grass of the field—but the rays of celestial light, in the varied gradations of their intensity and duration, are also mysteriously connected with the inner life of man, his intellectual susceptibilities, and the melancholy or cheerful tone of his feelings. Praise him for what he did in his providence toward them (Psalms 136:16-22). Does he "alone" do great wonders? For his mercy endureth for ever. Let the name be mentioned that the mercy may be the better remembered. 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