Psalm 136 can be touted as the “The Psalm of Thanks” or the “Thanksgiving Psalm.” It is a Psalm that is rich in content, apropos the character of God and since each verse in the Psalm is suffixed with “For his mercy endures forever”, it is a Psalm that is easy to read and memorize as well.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, giving thanks for the ultimate reason of sending us his only begotten Son, we will be looking at each verse in Psalm 136 and glean out the character of God from these verses, which would be reason enough to be grateful and give thanks to our LORD God.
Today we look at Verses 2 and 3.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
We can give thanks because he is God of gods. God here is a reference to Elohim or YHWH – the Almighty One. All other gods are man made – creations of God’s own creation. We can give thanks because he is the Lord of lords. Lord here is a reference to God as Adonai (the Hebrew name for God). He is the Master of masters and the King of kings. He is not only the Almighty, but is the Authority. In other words as God of gods and as Lord of lords, He is the Sovereign and Supreme; Almighty with Authority.
Points to ponder:
In John chapter 13, we read that the disciples referred to Jesus as Master and Lord to which Jesus purposefully reverses their reference and asserts that he is first Lord and then Master.
Is God sovereign and the almighty in your life and mine?
Is the Lord supreme with total authority over your life and mine?
We can give thanks for He is God of gods and Lord of lords.
Psalm 136:2-3 (KJV)
1 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.