Dec. 11. Praise Psalms Continued

Ps. 136:1-26; 145:1-21

This psalm consists of a series of thanksgiving phrases listing various aspects of God, the Creator of the universe, Deliverer of Israel from slavery, Fighter of their wars and Rescuer from their enemies. Each phrase is followed by the refrain, “For His mercy endures forever.” We live under different circumstances from those of the Israelites, but we have many God given blessings for which to be thankful. Do we give Him the proper respect and thanks, for His mercy does endure forever?

David was credited for having written this psalm of praise to God. He proclaimed the Lord’s greatness as so immense that it is beyond the ability of man to understand. Through the eye of faith, man declares to following generations His powerful works. One may imagine that God in His power is ready to immediately punish the wickedness of man. However, the psalmist stated, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.” The world still stands because the Lord, “Is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (II Pet. 3:9) If one would only open his eyes, he could see His works and praise Him. Without him, no one could have the necessities of life. He is near to all of His children who call upon Him in truth, but He will destroy the wicked.