Tehillim / Psalms 136, ספר תהילים קל, Part 1, Suffering for the Sake of the Lord

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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 136:1-26, the psalm opens saying א הוֹדוּ לַיהֹוָה כִּי-טוֹב כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ: ב הוֹדוּ לֵאלֹהֵי הָאֱלֹהִים כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ: ג הוֹדוּ לַאֲדֹנֵי הָאֲדֹנִים כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ: 136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 136:2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 136:3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. (NASB) Note how the lovingkindness (Grace) of God that is everlasting is repeated on every line of the psalms. The Psalmist continues saying, ד לְעֹשֵֹה נִפְלָאוֹת גְּדֹלוֹת לְבַדּוֹ כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ: ה לְעֹשֵֹה הַשָּׁמַיִם בִּתְבוּנָה כִּי לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ: 136:4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 136:5 To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; (NASB) In the Psalm, David praises the Lord listing the miracles He has done, he is the creator (136:7), he made the heavens, the sun and the moon (136:8-9), He struck the Egyptians killing their first born (136:10), He brought a nation out of another nation (136:11), He performs miracles on behalf of His people (136:12-14), He overthrew the Egyptian army (136:15), He led Israel through the wilderness (136:16), and He defeated great kings and armies (136:17-20). The Lord is powerful and He has established Himself as such in the midst of the nations defeating those who come against His people and given what they own to His people.  Read more here: Tehillim 136-Part1

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