Psalms 136

* God to be praised as the Creator of the world. (1-9) As

Israel's God and Saviour. (10-22) For his blessings to all.

(23-26)1-9 Forgetful as we are, things must be often repeated to us.

By "mercy" we understand the Lord's disposition to save those

whom sin has rendered miserable and vile, and all the provision

he has made for the redemption of sinners by Jesus Christ. The

counsels of this mercy have been from everlasting, and the

effects of it will endure for ever, to all who are interested in

it. The Lord continues equally ready to show mercy to all who

seek for it, and this is the source of all our hope and comfort.
10-22 The great things God did for Israel, when he brought them

out of Egypt, were mercies which endured long to them; and our

redemption by Christ, which was typified thereby, endures for

ever. It is good to enter into the history of God's favours, and

in each to observe, and own, that his mercy endureth for ever.

He put them in possession of a good land; it was a figure of the

mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
23-26 God's everlasting mercy is here praised for the

redemption of his church; in all his glories, and all his gifts.

Blessed be God, who has provided and made known to us salvation

through his Son. May we know and feel his redeeming power, that

we may serve him in righteousness all our days. May He who

giveth food to all flesh, feed our souls unto eternal life, and

enliven our affections by his grace, that we may give thanks and

praise to his holy name, for his mercy endureth for ever. Let us

trace up all the favours we receive to this true source, and

offer praise continually
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