Psalm 136, The Great Hallel.
This is worship from solomons temple and remembering the deliverance from egypt and their journey of deliverance through the wilderness and finding their in canaan.
This hymn is known as the Great Hallel, which runs from Psalm 118 to Psalm 136.
It has run through the fifteen steps of ascension and although this note has ended we continue here with remnants of and endings of the great Hallel orchestration.
These Chants or hymns [by King David] would have been used during times of dedication, consecration, communion / [the passover supper] times of celebration or of great joy. [as in being released from babylon captivity]
So here we are ending another part of the continuing Psalm where parts overlap as the song builds up.
There a time when a vast army came up against Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.
These were the peoples that God had mercy upon - but later turned against God's own..
[as God had mercy upon "Lot" and "Esau"..
These were the nations of which God said "Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession." Deuteronomy 2:9
Again as for the Ammonites, God had said "do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot." Deuteronomy 2:19
To the others from Mount Seir, God had said "Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own." Deuteronomy 2:5
These were the invading armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir....
Here the nations that were shown mercy, came up againsts the Lord's people and the whole of Judah fasted.
King Jehoshaphat, stood before the assembly and prayed before them and "The Lord"
The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel and he spoke the word of the Lord saying "the battle is the Lord's and not our's" 2 Chronicles 20:15-17
On the day of the battle King Jehoshaphat appointed singers to go out before the army - to sing "Praise the Lord,
for His mercy endures forever"
Here the Lord defeated the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir and Judah was saved...
Note that the "singers" sang before the battle was won and went out before the armies of Judah..
And so we continue with psalm 136 which repeats this praise over and over again.... in fact 26 times..
"O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever"
Note : Malachi 1 and Romans 9:13 and God had mercy on "Lot" so He had Mercy on Esau as He also had mercy on Jacob...and
Judah descending from Jacob [son of Jacob] was invaded here...
and these were the very armies [of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir] that in the future that would invade Judah [Jacob]
- here God's Character is in play .... as in "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated." - yet God had mercy on all mentioned..
.[past tense /individuals in play here/ affecting future generations/ here what God began God ends/
Briefly I will share a testimony, on saturday I kept getting "Touch my lips" so I actually prayed this and asked for God to give me the words as He touched my lips..
So sunday Morn I rush off to Church and of course a main part of the message was about Isaiah and God touching his lips Isaiah 6:7 ,
So now we shall divert to to the meaning of this [in this study]
So lets make this short.....God speaks today !
Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "I have put my words in your mouth.
As God spoke to me on the saturday for preparation of the sunday..
Simple ! - it is done for the Glory of God - however not all words glorify Him - therefore God can send a word of warning or a word unknown at the time until the person seeks the meaning [sometimes the meaning is never really understood] until many years later.
Not all words of God are used to glorify Him - but in this case "this specific word shows that God is very much alive and working"
So we have hopped from Isaiah to Jeremiah, now let us go to the plural explanaton with Isaiah 51:16 I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand? I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ?You are my people.? ?
And so Jehoshaphat, king of Judah - appointed singers to go out before the army - to sing "Praise the Lord,
for His mercy endures forever" so that the battle would be won.
Here we can go through and testify of God's mercies from earliest biblical history in Eden where God had mercy on Adam and Eve, all through to the salvation of Israel from babylon captivity [of which this psalm can be seen to come from] where the people of God sung of the mercies of God [of which they did not deserve]
Visualise and imagine the singers being sent out before the army of God's people to praise God's Name "like a banner of victory"
For the battle is the Lord's and is already won [this does not mean we do not fight the battle]
In the testimony "God spoke before it happened/was spoken in preparation]
Nothing could change the outcome of the battle of Judah and King Jehoshaphat against the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir.... they were already defeated....
Nothing can change what God has spoken beforehand and what God says "God does".
This is Psalm 136 which declares O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
going throughout History from Eden to the the babylon release and into the future - even as Jesus was resurrected and even into your life now.
Lord of my life, may Your mercy endure forever.
Have mercy when I am like, Adam and Eve and look to other things..
Have mercy when I am like, those trapped in captivity in egypt...
Have mercy when I am like, those wandering throught the desert wilderness..
Have mercy when I am like , a sinner needing mercy, Luke 18:13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
Have mercy on me now Lord Jesus as You forgive me and cleanse me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit
In Jesus Name Amen.
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