Von Rad's essay on Righteousness and Life in the Psalms is quite delightful (From Genesis to Chronicles, chapter 13).
Suppose for a moment that we render Genesis 1:1 as: At the head of all things is God's creating of the heavens and the earth. What if that create verb wasn't qal perfect? What if we didn't take the heavens and the earth for granted? What if we had to create them every day, every moment, every quantized pico-second? Perhaps those 3 or 7 hidden dimensions (depending on what view of string theory you hold) are for God's upholding the universe by the word of his power - keeping perfect reasonable track of every particulate decision of us his images in the world, eyes, hands, feet, and nerve recreating the cosmos with every thought, word, and deed. What terror there is in sin now! The earth might not continue. The heavens might fall. Good thing those 'extra' dimensions are not only directly manipulated by us, eh?
I am just musing about the 'ongoing' nature of the creation implied by the use of the participles of Psalm 136. But one thing is past and unrepeatable - the defeat of Pharaoh and the great kings, though we participate in the wonders through his memory of our low estate (verse 23). We remember in the Eucharist or at Passover - but maybe it is God's remembrance that is the key...
The earth divides into land and sea, mountain and beach, wind, wave, and distant shadow. Down to the sea go the ships. Buoys mark their path and bring them to harbour. Breakwater gives them shelter. Lovers wade in the shallows. The aged read, ensconced among the driftwood and seaweed. What does one read on the earth? Von Rad on Righteousness in the Psalms. This world I believe was here before I came to the beach today - but today, it was created for my reading pleasure. Reading creation into words.
Von Rad starts with a problem about righteousness - how could those psalmists be so righteous! But then he happily abandons the problem with allusion after allusion to the beauty of יְהוָה in the psalms. What a testimony to joy. He confines such joy to the levites - but perhaps he will allow the extension to all flesh that is implied in Psalm 136.
Having started with Psalm 136, which he mentions at the beginning of the first essay, I will, I think, work through the essays again and use them as a stimulus to reworking some of my imaged translations into English. Here I may find help in identifying some of the thematic content of the Psalter.