Psalm 136:2-5 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever. 4 He alone does great wonders. His faithful love endures forever. 5 He made the heavens skillfully. His faithful love endures forever
Vv. 2-3 repeat the call to be thankful to God. He is the only true God although people have tried to create millions of false gods to worship. He is also Lord over all the many rulers and leaders who have acted as if they are god. Alexander the great is an example of a man who thought he was god and sovereign over his world, but he died young with no heir. His kingdom was divided into four to be ruled by his generals, just as Daniel prophesied.
[Daniel 11:3-4 3 And a mighty king will arise, and he will rule with great authority and do as he pleases.4 But as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom will be broken up and parceled out toward the four points of the compass, though not to his own descendants, nor according to his authority which he wielded, for his sovereignty will be uprooted and given to others besides them. ]
V.4 describes God is the only one who does great wonders. No one else has created the heavens and earth, caused a world-wide flood, or revealed Himself in Words. His Words in the Bible were divinely inspired and are error free. After prophesying the coming of the Son of man with over 300 references in the Old Testament through the miracle of the virgin birth Jesus was born. He lived a sinless life, performed many miracles, claimed to be the Son of God and was crucified and buried. On the 3rd day He arose and seen by 500 people during a 40 day on earth in His resurrected body. Then He ascended to heaven where He is the believers High Priest and Advocate. Indeed, God does great wonders and is worthy of our praise and thanksgiving!
V. 5 said He skillfully made the heavens. This likely refers to the fact that the universe is finely tuned to allow people to live on earth, it’s great size and energy and beauty, the humans created, resources like the heat from the sun, rain, and minerals. All this in His physical creation and his Word revealed so we could know God. He sent His Son as a human so that we could see the attributes of God.
Praise the Lord we have much to be thankful for!
Henry Luke 7/25/2017
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