Study Guide – Psalm 136:1-9

Psalm136-1-9

 

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.
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 Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever.
5 Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.
6 Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.
7 Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.
8 the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.
9 and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever. NLT

 

Background Note: Psalm 136 is most likely a responsive hymn. A soloist would have sung the first line of each verse. The congregation would have sung the 2nd line as a response.

 

Stating the obvious: What line is repeated over and over?

 

Go through the first phrase of each verse.  Describe what we should give thanks to the Lord about… and why would that be something to be thankful for:

v.1 _____________________________________

v.2 _____________________________________

v.3 _____________________________________

v.4 _____________________________________

v.5 _____________________________________

v.6 _____________________________________

v.7 _____________________________________

v.8 _____________________________________

v.9 _____________________________________

After reading the first 9 verses, what would you say are the two main points the writer of this psalm wants the congregation to remember?

 

::::: EQUIPPING CHALLENGE :::::

  1. Stop everything right now and simply give thanks to God. Let your mind consider who God is and what God has done— and give thanks.
  2. In all that you in the next 24 hours, repeat this phrase as a reminder of a very important truth: “His faithful love endures forever”.
  3. Notice the impact this routine has on your heart and mind and strength… and then continue the process.
Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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