Why I just love Psalms (Psalm 136)

I can think of many reasons why I love psalms, but from a nostalgic angle I think one of the chants I enjoyed the most as a kid was Psalm 136. Psalm 136 was one of the few psalms chanted in my church on feasts during communion and I picked it up very quickly. Later on I learned there is a whole world of chanted psalms out there with many variants and amazingly enjoyable melodies and rhythms. For that reason I decided to skip ahead a pit in my psalms series and give you a psalm so dear to my heart chanted my the monks of Simon Petra monastery in Mount Athos, Greece. Enjoy the chant and have a wonderful day full of thanksgiving!

 

The Psalms, 136 — Praise for the LORD’s Everlasting Mercy
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: Gen. 1.1

for his mercy endureth for ever.
6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: Gen. 1.2

for his mercy endureth for ever.
7 To him that made great lights:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
8 the sun to rule by day:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
9 the moon and stars to rule by night: Gen. 1.16

for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: Ex. 12.29

for his mercy endureth for ever:
11 and brought out Israel from among them: Ex. 12.51

for his mercy endureth for ever:
12 with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
14 and made Israel to pass through the midst of it:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: Ex. 14.21-29

for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 To him which led his people through the wilderness:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 To him which smote great kings:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
18 and slew famous kings:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites: Num. 21.21-30

for his mercy endureth for ever:
20 and Og the king of Bashan: Num. 21.31-35

for his mercy endureth for ever:
21 and gave their land for a heritage:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
22 even a heritage unto Israel his servant:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
23 Who remembered us in our low estate:

for his mercy endureth for ever:
24 and hath redeemed us from our enemies:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh:

for his mercy endureth for ever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven:

for his mercy endureth for ever.

— Jack Rabah

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