1147.) Psalms 134 and 135

P134 ascents

Psalm 134   (NIV)

A song of ascents.

This brief conclusion to the “Songs of Ascents” is composed of a call to worship (verses 1 and 2) followed by a blessing (verse 3).  Many take the first two verses as an exhortation from the departing worshipers to the priests who tend the temple precincts at night.  In response, the priests bless the congregation.  The psalm is a reminder that God’s praise is a continual, not momentary, activity (see 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17).   (The Reformation Bible)

Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
    who minister by night in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
    and praise the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion,
    he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.

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P135 whatever the Lord

Psalm 135    (NIV)

Praise the Lord.

Hebrew hallu yah.   (The Reformation Bible)

Praise the name of the Lord;
    praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
    in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
    sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
    Israel to be his treasured possession.

I know that the Lord is great,
    that our Lord is greater than all gods.
The Lord does whatever pleases him,
    in the heavens and on the earth,
    in the seas and all their depths.
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
    he sends lightning with the rain
    and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

P135 lightning

Job 38:22-30   (ESV)

 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
    or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
    for the day of battle and war?
What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
    or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

“Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
    and a way for the thunderbolt,
to bring rain on a land where no man is,
    on the desert in which there is no man,
to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
    and to make the ground sprout with grass?

“Has the rain a father,
    or who has begotten the drops of dew?
From whose womb did the ice come forth,
    and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
The waters become hard like stone,
    and the face of the deep is frozen.”

He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    the firstborn of people and animals.
He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
    against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings—
11 Sihon king of the Amorites,
    Og king of Bashan,
    and all the kings of Canaan—

These kings opposed Israel during their time in the wilderness under Moses (Numbers 21:21-25).  (The Reformation Bible)

12 and he gave their land as an inheritance,
    an inheritance to his people Israel.

13 Your name, Lord, endures forever,
    your renown, Lord, through all generations.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear,
    nor is there breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

Idol Ancient Near East 1st millennium B.C. Terracotta

Idol
Ancient Near East
1st millennium B.C.
Terracotta

Jeremiah 2:5 (NLT)

This is what the Lord says:

“What did your ancestors find wrong with me
    that led them to stray so far from me?
They worshiped worthless idols,
    only to become worthless themselves.”

19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord;
    house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
20 house of Levi, praise the Lord;
    you who fear him, praise the Lord.
21 Praise be to the Lord from Zion,
    to him who dwells in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

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Music:

HERE  is “Wonderful God”  by Paul Baloche.

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New International Version (NIV)   Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Images courtesy of:
going up to the temple.    http://closerdaybyday.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/psalm-122.jpg
Whatever the Lord pleases.    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GSEyzX3bg1k/T7EXeXj88_I/AAAAAAAAG1E/S_oDcsM_k3M/s320/Psalm+135+6.jpg
“Purple Rain”  photograph of lightning over Phoenix by Mike Olbinski.   http://gallery.mikeolbinski.com/img/s11/v27/p976607361-3.jpg
idol.    http://www.tomkinscollection.org/static/object_527.html

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