2645.) Psalm 135

Psalm 135    (NIV)

Praise the Lord.

Hebrew hallu yah.(The Reformation Bible)

Psalm 135 is full of praise, and F. B. Meyer described the nature of praise: “In this, we adore God for all that He is in Himself. Forgetting our own petty interests and concerns, our me and my and mine, we take our stand with angels and archangels and all the host of heaven in crying, Thou art worthy, O holy, holy, holy Lord! Heaven and earth are full of Thy great glory. Glory be unto Thee, O God Most High!”

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;

Reason to Praise the Lord #1:

“What could be more basic than this, that God is good? Nothing at all, since this is God’s essential nature. Even the word God is a shortened form of ‘the Good.’”

–James Montgomery Boice

sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.

Reason to Praise the Lord #2:

True praise is pleasant. “An angelical exercise, and, to the spiritually minded man, very delicious. To others, indeed, who have no true notion of God but as of an enemy, it is but as music at funerals, or as the trumpet before a judge, no comfort to the mourning wife, or guilty prisoner.”

–John Trapp

4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.

Reason to Praise the Lord #3:

The Psalmist listed a third reason to praise God—His choosing of Israel for His special treasure. He did not choose them because they were great, but because He is great in love.

I know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.

Reason to Praise the Lord #4:

In declaring the greatness of God, the singer used two great titles or names for God. Yahweh, the covenant God of Israel (LORD) is great, and Adonai, the Master of all (Lord) is above all gods. God is exalted above all the pretended deities of the pagans.

–David Guzik

6 The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths.

Reason to Praise the Lord #5:

God’s power is ultimate. Everywhere and anywhere is powerful. Whereas the ancient Greeks and Romans had different gods for different places, our God rules over all.

7 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.

Reason to Praise the Lord #6:

“Egypt was the theatre of the grand contest between the God of Israel and the gods of the heathen.”

–George Horne

For the Israelites, that story never grew old!

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.

Reason to Praise the Lord #7:

Once Israel was free from Egypt, Yahweh also showed His greatness over all supposed gods by defeating nations and mighty kings that attacked His people. God demonstrated His greatness over all the gods of the Canaanites by defeating the kingdoms of Canaan and giving their land to Israel, as a heritage to them—something passed on from generation to generation.

–David Guzik

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.

Learn to do what the psalmist did.

He never made one request! Let us praise and bless the Lord without asking anything of Him!

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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:
verse 5.   http://www.believetrust.com/bible/psalm-135-hymn-praise/
“Purple Rain”  photograph of lightning over Phoenix by Mike Olbinski.   http://www.mikeolbinski.com/theblog/2011/09/purple-rain/
idol.   https://i.pinimg.com/originals/bc/d8/e4/bcd8e4096e302aa806606de0c10f17cc.jpg

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