Any time I think about Psalm 136, I hear in my head the Hebrew words being sung to the tune of the Banana Boat Song. We used to sing this psalm in my Hebrew class. Sadly, I couldn't find the version that plays in my head, but here's the best I can find to give you an idea of what I hear:
I think that my favorite aspect of Psalm 136 is the repeating "refrain" that runs throughout the whole thing. They serve as an excellent reminder of why we should be giving thanks to God. "For his steadfast love endures forever." This is a reminder not only of God's love for us, but also as a reminder of why God has done so much on behalf of all creation.
As I mentioned in my post on Thursday, I don't know if we'll ever know why God loves us so much. If you are looking for some proof that God loves us, however, read Psalm 136 and see how much God has done out of steadfast love for us. There is so much more that God has done that is not even included in the psalm. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life" -John 3:16
Today, I invite you to give thanks to God for the love that has been shown to us and our world throughout history. If you want to give your thanks with a bit of a calypso beat, so much the better.