"This reading is based on Psalm 136 and is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs).
I recall reflecting on Psalm 103 that praise should not be pointless. Well, here again in Psalm 136 that point is powerfully plain. Here are some more excellent reasons to praise the God of heaven whose mercy endures forever:
Praise our merciful Creator - "Who made the heavens... the earth above the waters... the great lights," (verses 5-7)
Praise our merciful Deliverer - Who "brought out Israel from among them," (verse 11)
Praise our merciful Defender - "Who struck down great kings," (verse 17)
Praise our merciful Benefactor - Who "gave their (the enemies) land as a heritage," (verse 21)
Praise our merciful Sustainer - "Who gives food to all flesh," (verse 25)
"Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever." Verse 26
The phrase, "For His mercy endures forever," does not mean that His mercy will not run out, but that the effect of His mercy will last last forever. It behoves therefore to come to Him while His mercy lasts. Revelation 22 10-12 tells us, "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Are you ready for Jesus to come? "Even so come Lord Jesus."