Psalm 136 (Psalm Sunday, Week 31)

Psalm Sunday
Week 31

Psalm 136
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever.
2) O give thanks unto the God of gods, for His mercy endureth for ever.
3) O give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His mercy endureth for ever;
4) to Him who alone doeth great wonders, for His mercy endureth for ever;
5) to Him that by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endureth for ever;
6) to Him that stretched out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endureth for ever;
7) to Him that made great lights, for His mercy endureth for ever;
8) the sun to rule by day, for His mercy endureth for ever;
9) the moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endureth for ever;
10) to Him that smote Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy endureth for ever;
11) and brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy endureth for ever;
12) with a strong hand and with a stretched out arm, for His mercy endureth for ever;
13) to Him who divided the Red Sea into parts, for His mercy endureth for ever;
14) and made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for His mercy endureth for ever;
15) but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea, for His mercy endureth for ever;
16) to Him who led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy endureth for ever;
17) to Him who smote great kings, for His mercy endureth for ever;
18) and slew famous kings, for His mercy endureth for ever;
19) Sihon king of the Amorites, for His mercy endureth for ever;
20) and Og the king of Bashan, for His mercy endureth for ever;
21) and gave their land as a heritage, for His mercy endureth for ever;
22) even a heritage unto Israel His servant, for His mercy endureth for ever;
23) who remembered us in our low estate, for His mercy endureth for ever;
24) and hath redeemed us from our enemies, for His mercy endureth for ever;
25) who giveth food to all flesh, for His mercy endureth for ever:
26) O give thanks unto the God of heaven, for His mercy endureth for ever!”

[Psalm 71] offers fit occasion to say to the young …

“[Psalm 71] offers fit occasion to say to the young, Behold the wisdom of early piety. Youth may be your only period of life. If you do not improve that, you may be forever undone. But if you live to old age, you will need all the consolations arising from the fact that you early gave your hearts to God. ‘Oh come to God, young people, without delay; or you may never come at all. The world will tempt and court you; but believe it not; it is a wicked flatterer, full of deceit, promising pleasure but ending in ruin,’ Matt. 6:33 ”

– William S. Plumer

Scripture does not flatter us like the story books with the idea that …

“Scripture does not flatter us like the story books with the idea that goodness will secure us from trouble; on the contrary, we are again and again warned to expect tribulation while we are in this body. Our afflictions come from all points of the compass, and are as many and as tormenting as the mosquitoes of the tropics… Through troops of ills Jehovah shall lead His redeemed scatheless and triumphant. There is an end to the believer’s affliction, and a joyful end too. None of his trials can hurt so much as a hair of his head, neither can the furnace hold him for a moment after the Lord bids him come forth of it. Hard would be the lot of the righteous if this promise, like a bundle of camphire, were not bound up in it, but this sweetens all. The same Lord who sends the afflictions will also recall them when His design is accomplished, but He will never allow the fiercest of them to rend and devour His beloved.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon

In the fields of worldly labour …

“In the fields of worldly labour, we may spend our strength for nought, and in vain. A rival may bear off from us a prize, which we have long been chasing, and at the very moment we are seizing it. The cup of enjoyment, filled with eager hope, is often dashed to the ground from the very lip that touches it. But their heart shall live that seek God. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless return again wtih rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. Is there unfaithfulness with God? Did he ever say to the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me, in vain?”

– William Jay