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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 135: God who is worthy of our praise


[Preliminary 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.]



v.1,2 A call to the priests of Israel to praise the Lord


v.1  Praise the Lord.

Praise the name of the Lord;
    praise him, you servants of the Lord,
v.2  you who minister in the house of the Lord,
    in the courts of the house of our God.


v.3-5 Think about Him having chosen Israel, and praise Him for it


v.3  Praise the Lord , for the Lord is good;
    sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
v.4  For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
    Israel to be his treasured possession.

v.5  I know that the Lord is great,
    that our Lord is greater than all gods.

v.6,7 Remember He is the Creator of all the earth, and praise Him for it [implied]


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


v.8,9 Remember how He delivered Israel from Egypt, and praise Him for it [implied]


v.8  He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    the firstborn of people and animals.
v.9  He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt,
    against Pharaoh and all his servants.

v.10-12 Remember how He took Israel to the Promised Land and praise Him for it [implied]


v.10  He struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings 
v.11  Sihon king of the Amorites,
    Og king of Bashan,
    and all the kings of Canaan 
v.12  and he gave their land as an inheritance,
    an inheritance to his people Israel.


v.13,14 His name cannot be forgotten in Israel's history, so praise Him for it [implied]


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


v.15-18 Observe how His competitors idols are worthless


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


v.19-21 When you think on all these things, this is why we should praise Him


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

Praise the Lord.



[Additional Comments: Enough has been said above. God is worthy of our praise.]



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