To Him Who by wisdom and understanding made the heavens, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever; (Psalm 136:5 AMP)
God made the sky, the stars, the beauty of the universe for us. He didn’t just form it so spectacular from His skill, though He had skill. He formed it by wisdom and understanding. He knew that we would appreciate vastness, and twinkles, and puffy cumulus clouds. In fact in His wisdom He created us with a capacity to enjoy the heavens.
He was a God sitting on His throne longing to show His mercy to someone. Mercy burns in the heart of God. It’s nothing with no one to give it to. So He made us. He probably taught Adam and Eve mercy and kindness and wisdom as they walked and chatted those days in the Garden. Then we fell. What did He do? He sacrificed animals for their forgiveness, clothed them both. All out of mercy He cleaned up the spiritual mess they had made.
When we’ve been in heaven 10,000 years we’ll still be learning the kind of mercy that burns in our hearts for the good of others. This verse sits in the middle of a Psalm that has “His mercy endures forever” in every single verse. It’s a reassurance over and over when we doubt God’s goodness to us. And it shows that every perfect gift He gives us is from His mercy.