Psalm 135

Psalm 135

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Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever

135   Praise the LORD!
  Praise the name of the LORD,
    give praise, O servants of the LORD,
  who stand in the house of the LORD,
    in the courts of the house of our God!
  Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
    sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
  For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his own possession.
  For I know that the LORD is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
  Whatever the LORD pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
  He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
  He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both of man and of beast;
  who in your midst, O Egypt,
    sent signs and wonders
    against Pharaoh and all his servants;
  who struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings,
  Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
  and gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.
  Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
    your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages.
  For the LORD will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants.
  The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
  They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
  they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
  Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust in them.
  O house of Israel, bless the LORD!
    O house of Aaron, bless the LORD!
  O house of Levi, bless the LORD!
    You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
  Blessed be the LORD from Zion,
    he who dwells in Jerusalem!
  Praise the LORD!

(ESV)


Psalm 135 Commentary

by Hank Workman

It opens and closes with the same phrase:  Praise the Lord!

There are several aspects mentioned here as why we should praise our God.  He is our Creator and Redeemer.  He is good.  He has chosen His people.  His greatness far surpasses the empty things that surround.  Oh, there are many reasons to sit and praise our God.

I type my prayers.  Every morning, after the coffee is made, the first thing I do is pull up my prayer document and offer prayer for the day.  The journey of my prayer life has been many things at different courses in life.  For at least the last 10 years I’ve typed them.  There are many reasons for this but mainly because it forces me to focus on what I’m praying each day.  Somehow this has helped me to articulate my heart.

There came a morning when I was dissatisfied with my opening time.  I came to realize I was simply starting off with requests and not spending time in thankful response to God.  I was lacking praise many times as specific burdens tended to take front row center of my thought.  Embarrassingly, I knew better.  I knew that praise should be given first thing before even interceding for my own needs.  Somehow it got lost.  Convicted, I changed this as I opened with praise and thankfulness.

I know there are people who pray in the car, pray as they’re getting ready, pray every single place imaginable as their life is on the go.  These aren’t bad things, but for me, I can’t do it.  I must have that one-on-one quiet time with Him alone and focused.  It’s what He desires.  It’s what I need.  I must set my alarm an hour earlier than needed just to meet with my God so my thoughts are attuned to His for whatever I may be facing that day.

But the reality is many a day the burdens are much higher than the praise.  I’m consumed and overwhelmed with something.  On such days, I force myself to reflect.  I force myself to recount the ways God was faithful and worked the day before.  There are times I sit thinking many minutes before the first key is pressed as the cursor hovers.  However, I will not move forward in the prayers until praise is given to my God, my Creator and Redeemer.

The difference has been remarkable.  Opening with praise, even when I need to sit and reflect, changes the course of my thinking.  It changes the mindset of the burden being carried.  My focus rightfully on the greatness of God, His unchanging faithfulness, brings about a fresher understanding that morning and through my thankful heart finds even the burdens I carry have a fresh eye of faith.

For each of us, there are many reasonable and logical reasons why we should praise our God.  There is purpose to why the psalmist opens and closes with praise.  For us to worship our God through our thankful heart of all He has done quickens our conscience to the things of Him.  It pulls back the veil of our darkened or needy thinking and draws all attention to the One who holds the answers and has the capability to intervene.

We should praise our God continually and look for the reasons to do so.  There are many.  Spend time each morning first in thankfulness to all He has done.  Open your heart to the intricate unending love He holds for you then commit yourself to His purposes through this act of praise.  Truly, all of our requests come into alignment when we have done so.


Psalm 135 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Our God is praise worthy in every age and season. No matter the circumstances, God is with us and for us. Often, it is hard to understand and believe this when we look around at reality.

Take the Israelites, for example. They go into exile due to their persistent idol worship and rebellion against God. When they finally return, their situation is much different than their ancestors. Even though they were back in their land, with a new temple and worship back in full force, they were no longer a free nation ruled by their own king and government. They were vassals to the Persians and ultimately under their rule and authority. Next, it would be the Greeks. In Paul’s day, it was the Romans who ruled over them.

Psalm 135 captures the one constant throughout. Despite times changing and consequences unfolding, the people were encouraged to remember the God who has been faithfully with them through all of this. The psalm draws our heart to what has sustained us in the past. It focuses on the foundation that was laid long ago for our lives and continues to guide us through new and unforeseen difficulties. Praise is not an act reserved only for times of prosperity. It is a reflection on the faithfulness of God in all situations and circumstances.

LORD, you will always be proclaimed as God; all generations will remember you.

Psalms 135:13 GNB

“The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob is not the God of the dead, but of the living; and that is true spiritually as well as naturally. Those who are spiritually dead refuse to own him, and set up gods that they have imagined; but those who are quickened by his grace delight in him, and glorify his name. Let this, beloved, be our joyful song, “Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever.”

Charles Spurgeon
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