136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his a mercy [endureth] for ever.
(a) By this repetition he shows that the least of
God's benefits bind us to thanksgiving: but chiefly his mercy, which is
principally declared towards his Church.
To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his b
mercy [endureth] for ever.
(b) This was a common kind of thanksgiving, which
the whole people used, when they had received any benefit from God, as in (2 Chronicles
7:6,20:21), meaning that God was not only merciful to their fathers, but
also continued the same to their posterity.
And c brought out Israel from among
them: for his mercy [endureth] for ever:
(c) God's merciful providence toward man
appears in all his creatures, but chiefly in that he delivered his Church from
the clutches of their enemies.
136:12 With a strong hand, and with a d
stretched out arm: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
(d) In doing such a work as was never done
before, nor that any other could do.
To him which led his people through the e
wilderness: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
(e) Where for the space of forty years he showed
infinite and most strange wonders.
136:18 And slew f
famous kings: for his mercy [endureth] for ever:
(f) Declaring by it that no power or authority
was so dear to him as the love of his Church.
Who remembered us in our g low estate:
for his mercy [endureth] for ever:
(g) In our greatest affliction and slavery when
we looked for nothing less than to have had any help.
136:25 Who giveth food to
all h flesh: for his mercy [endureth]
(h) Seeing that God provides even for the beasts
much more has he care over his.
136:26 i O
give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.
(i) Seeing that all ages have had most plain
testimonies of God's benefits.