April 16, 2014


Psalm 136:1-26

This psalm is what is called an antiphonal psalm, prepared to be used by a worship leader and a choir, or a worship leader and the congregation. The rabbis called it “The Great Hallel” (praise). The psalm reviews God’s dealings with his people, specifically God’s deliverance of the children of Israel out of slavery from Egypt as chronicled in the book of Exodus, and turns history into theology and theology into worship. If our worship is not based on history – what God had done in this world – then it lacks a theological message and is not true worship.

We must remember that our beliefs are founded on real people who were a part of a very well-documented history.