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 5 and 6.
To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Not only does this verse establish the fact that, God is wise, but it also asserts that God is a creator God. In fact, only God is wise (Romans 16:27; 1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 1:25), for even our wisdom is foolishness before God (1 Corinthians 3:19). You could take the smartest of the smart in this world, even Solomon the wise, who when pitched against God in wisdom, would turn out to be a fool. Our God is a creator God. Out of nothing, he can create (ex nihilo bara). When the earth was formless and void (nothing), God’s Holy Spirit hovered it and God created everything by his wisdom (Genesis 1)
Points to ponder:
Out of the barrenness / emptiness / voidness of our life, when the Holy Spirit of God hovers over our dark and tumultuous life, as the waves (circumstances) of life try to engulf us, God can speak fullness of life (abundant life) into us (John 10:10), when we believe and trust in him. He can stretch forth his hand over those waters and command “Peace” (Mark 4:35-41); a peace that passeth all understanding (Philippians 4:7) given to those whose mind is fixed on Jesus trusting him (Isaiah 26:3; Hebrews 12:2) and assure us to “Be still and know that he is God” (Psalm 46:10)
Psalm 136:5-6 (KJV)
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.
Genesis 1:26 records the discussion that ensued in the tribunal council of the Godhead as God planned to create man. It is recorded as “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” We are not a byproduct of some chance evolutionary process but the result of a conscious plan of an Almighty God. The word “us” and “our” in Genesis 1:26 indicates that the Blessed Trinity (God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and His Holy Spirit) participated in the creation of man. Creation is the result of the choice of God and not of chance (happenstance). But did you ever take time to wonder as to the reason for our Creation? Colossians 1:16 which reads “For by him all things created, …, all things were created by him and FOR him:”, answers that question. We are created for Christ. He is the reason for our creation.
Point(s) to ponder:
- We are created after careful design and plan BY Christ Jesus, the agent of creation, and not just a product of chance. The God who planned our creation has also planned the course of our life as He declares through the mouth of his prophet, Jeremiah (which means God establishes); plans to prosper us and not to harm us; plans to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11 – NIV).
- We are created FOR Christ Jesus. This means that while God’s plan is for our prosperity, hope and future, are we for His glory?
- Christ Jesus is not only the agent (BY Him) of our creation, but He is the reason (FOR Him) for our creation.
Colossians 1:16 (KJV)
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
The book of Genesis gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the Old Testament (O.T).
Genesis starts with ‘In the beginning God’ and sometimes I wish that it had stopped there. God was in the beginning and has to be in the beginning of our lives. Many take the Scriptures and change it, interpret it on their own without the Spirit’s revelation, leading to dogmas, heresies and misinterpretation. We have heard umpteen messages on the creation of man, the Fall of man, banishment from God’s presence, the Curse and even the first messianic prophecy as recorded in Genesis 3:15, wherein God curses satan saying that I will put enmity between you and the woman, between thy seed and her seed (talking about Jesus) and He shall bruise (crush) thy head (Golgotha shaped as a Skull) and thou shalt bruise his heel (Jesus’ heel was pierced on the Cross).
But seldom do we talk about Christ in the Creation. He was present in the tribunal meeting in which God said, Let us (the Trinity of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit) make man in our own image. Author Nathan Stone in the book “Names of God” writes that In Genesis, where it says, In the beginning, God, the word “Elohim” is used for God and the striking peculiarity of this name “Elohim” is that is plural. Jesus, the Son of God, was in the beginning with God, who was and is God (John 1:1). We see Jesus Christ the Creator.
Also we see in Genesis 14:18-20 that Abram was blessed by a priest of the Most high God, whose was the King of Salem, whose name was Melchizedek. Melchizedek offered bread and wine to Abram. Hebrews 6:20 and Hebrews 7:1-3 talks about Christ after the order of Melchizedek, priest of the Most high God who had no father, no mother, no descent without beginning (alpha) or end (omega). Jesus was in the beginning and will be there in the end. He is eternal (Psalm 90:2 – from everlasting to everlasting thou art God).
In Genesis, Jesus is the Creator God and the priest of the Most High God, who offered his body (as broken bread) and his blood (as shed wine), who exists from everlasting to everlasting.