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 final verse – verse 26.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The final verse in this thanksgiving song, seem to be not much, other than a summation of the Psalm and an assignment of the known title to God – the God of heaven. But closer scrutiny reveals, that God is the God of heaven. Though no one alive knows of the exact location of heaven, it can be deduced that heaven is above our realm – for when Jesus ascended to God the Father, he went ‘up’ in a smoke. Furthermore, the Bible describes heaven to be God’s throne and earth his footstool (Acts 7:49) indicating that heaven is above the earth. And if God is God of heaven, he is above all.
Points to ponder:
On Christmas, Jesus left his heavenly abode and came to dwell among men, becoming one of us. After his death and resurrection, he ascended to God the Father. Being made ruler over all things (Ephesians 1:22), he is now seated at the right hand of God, the Father in heaven (Hebrews 12:2). He is above all things – but the most important question is – “Have you let God to be the ruler over you?” Jesus is the God of heaven, but what is important to answer is “Is God in your heart?”. Have you believed in Jesus as your Savior, Lord and King – for he is above all and his mercy endures forever.
Psalm 136:26 (KJV)
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.