This is what we call an “antiphonal Psalm” with two choirs singing. One choir sang the first line of each verse, and the other choir answered, “For His mercy endures forever” (kee laolam hasdo). Another rendering is “His love is eternal” (HCSB). This was not vain repetition (Matt.6:7), for the second choir was offering inspired praise to the Lord. You can never sing too much about God’shesed !
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In Jewish tradition this psalm is often known as the Great Hallel (“the Great Psalm of Praise”). It tells us that God reveals His mercy by giving us a wonderful creation to use and to enjoy (Ps.136:4-9). He had everything ready for our first parents when He made them! It is too bad that many people are such poor stewards of God’s creation gifts. Never take for granted the wonderful world God made and allows us to live in.
He reveals His hesed in His care for you, helping you fight your battles and defeat your enemies (Ps.136:10-25). Israel was not always faithful to God, but that is where His hesed comes in! He was faithful to them.
The God of heaven is caring for you on earth! His hesed endures forever!
Try singing or chanting this psalm with your Bible study or small group, or with your family! Have the guys affirm the first lines, with the gals responding. Then switch around about half way through – just for variety. Welcome to the ancient Temple!
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