Psalm 135: God who is worthy of our praise
Comments: A longer psalm of an unidentified writer,
calls to the priesthood who serve in the Temple, not to get blasé
about it [implied] but to praise the God they serve there [v.1,2],
remembering His goodness that He's revealed to Israel [v.3-5],
His power as Creator [v.6,7], His might as the One who delivered
Israel from Egypt [v.8,9], who led His people to the Promised
Land [v.10-12], His renown throughout Israel's history [v.13,14],
and then compare Him with those wooden idols that so many worship
[v.15-18] but who know nothing and cannot speak, then, you priests,
remembering all this, worship and praise Him [v.19-21]. This psalm
is really a call to remember all these things that make the Lord
uniquely stand out in the world, worthy of our praise.]
A call to the priests of Israel to praise the Lord
the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
Think about Him having chosen Israel, and praise Him for it
the Lord , for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.
know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.
Remember He is the Creator of all the earth, and praise Him for
Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths.
makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
he sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Remember how He delivered Israel from Egypt, and praise Him for
struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of people and animals.
sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
Remember how He took Israel to the Promised Land and praise Him
for it [implied]
struck down many nations
and killed mighty kings –
king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan,
and all the kings of Canaan –
he gave their land as an inheritance,
an inheritance to his people Israel.
His name cannot be forgotten in Israel's history, so praise Him
for it [implied]
name, Lord, endures for ever,
your renown, Lord, through all generations.
the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
Observe how His competitors – idols – are worthless
idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
When you think on all these things, this is why we should praise
you Israelites, praise the Lord;
house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
of Levi, praise the Lord;
you who fear him, praise the Lord.
be to the Lord from Zion,
to him who dwells in Jerusalem.
Comments: Enough has been said above. God is worthy
of our praise.]
to Psa 136