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“May you and I honor the Lord as the one true God.” <>< Dona (08/28/20)

Please read Psalm 135-141.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 135 Theme

God versus idols (v. 5).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, there is really no comparing You, the Almighty God, to idols (v. 6).

Something to think about

God’s greatness overshadows the powerlessness of any and all idols. God sends clouds, rain and wind (v. 7). God sent signs and wonders into Egypt (v. 9).  God struck down many nations (v. 10).  God gave land to the Israelites for their inheritance (v. 12). God vindicates and shows compassion to His people (v. 14). Whereas the idols, made of silver and gold by men’s hands, cannot speak, cannot see, cannot hear and are not alive.  Therefore, they can do nothing for mankind (v. 15-17).

Something to experience

We should be praising God as the psalmist did, don’t you think? (v. 1-4, 13, 19-21) 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 135:1-41 Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord’s name! Praise Him, you servants of the Lord, you who stand in the Lord’s house, in the courts of our God’s house.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.  Sing praises to His name, for that is pleasant.  For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession.

Psalm 135:5 For I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is above all gods.

Psalm 135:6 Whatever the Lord pleased, that He has done, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.

Psalm 135:7 He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth.  He makes lightnings with the rain.  He brings the wind out of his treasuries.

Psalm 135:9-10 He sent signs and wonders into the middle of you, Egypt, on Pharaoh, and on all his servants.  10 He struck many nations, and killed mighty kings,

Psalm 135:12 and (the Lord) gave their land for a heritage, a heritage to Israel, his people.

Psalm 135:13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever; Your renown, O Lord, throughout all generations.

Psalm 135:14 For the Lord will judge His people and have compassion on His servants.

Psalm 135:15-17 15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  16 They have mouths, but they can’t speak.  They have eyes, but they can’t see.  17 They have ears, but they can’t hear, neither is there any breath in their mouths. 

Psalm 135:19-21 19 House of Israel, praise the Lord!  House of Aaron, praise the Lord!  20 House of Levi, praise the Lord!  You who fear the Lord, praise the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion, who dwells at Jerusalem.  Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 136 Theme

God’s enduring love.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, thank You for Your enduring love.

Something to think about

The psalmist believed God deserves praise because His endless love never fails.

Something to experience

Like the psalmist, we need to recognize that God’s love is enduring.  That means His love goes on forever. So we too can say “Praise the Lord.  His love endures forever.”

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 136:1-26 

1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His loving kindness endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods; for His loving kindness endures forever.
(Give thanks) to Him who alone does great wonders; for His loving kindness endures forever:
(Give thanks) to Him who by understanding made the heavens; for His loving kindness endures forever:
(Give thanks) to Him who spread out the earth above the waters; for His loving kindness endures forever:
(Give thanks) to Him who made the great lights; for His loving kindness endures forever:
(Give thanks to the Lord who gave) the sun to rule by day; for His loving kindness endures forever;
(Give thanks to the Lord who gave) the moon and stars to rule by night; for His loving kindness endures forever:
10 (Give thanks) to Him who struck down the Egyptian firstborn; for His loving kindness endures forever;
11 (Give thanks to the Lord who) brought out Israel from among them; for His loving kindness endures forever;
12 (Give thanks to the Lord who brought the Israelites out) with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm; for His loving kindness endures forever:
13 (Give thanks) to Him who divided the Red Sea apart; for His loving kindness endures forever;
14 (Give thanks to the Lord who) made Israel to pass through the middle of it (the Red Sea); for His loving kindness endures forever;
15 (Give thanks to the Lord who) overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea; for His loving kindness endures forever:
16 (Give thanks) to Him who led His people through the wilderness; for His loving kindness endures forever:
17 (Give thanks) to Him who struck great kings; for His loving kindness endures forever;
18 (Give thanks to the Lord who) killed mighty kings; for His loving kindness endures forever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites; for His loving kindness endures forever;
20 Og king of Bashan; for His loving kindness endures forever;
21 (Give thanks to the Lord who) gave their (the mighty king’s) land as an inheritance; for His loving kindness endures forever;
22 even a heritage to Israel His servant; for His loving kindness endures forever:
23 (Give thanks to the Lord) who remembered us in our low estate; for His loving kindness endures forever;
24 (Give thanks to the Lord who) has delivered us from our adversaries; for His loving kindness endures forever:
25 (Give thanks to the Lord) who gives food to every creature; for His loving kindness endures forever.
26 Oh give thanks to the God of heaven; for His loving kindness endures forever.

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Psalm 137 Theme

Weeping before the enemy in a foreign land (v. 1-4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist even in his distress spoke to You (v. 7).

Something to think about

The psalmist and others who had been captured sat and wept (v. 1).  But even in his sadness, the psalmist spoke of Jerusalem (v. 5-6).

Something to experience

We too are in a foreign land, for heaven is our real home.  So, no matter what is going on here there will be a celebration sometime in the future when we arrive home.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 137:1-31 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down.  Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.  On the willows in that land, we hung up our harps.  For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs.  Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy: “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

Psalm 137:5-6 If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.  Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you, if I don’t prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Psalm 137:7 Remember, O Lord, against the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem, who said, “Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!”    as you have done to us.

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Psalm 138 Theme

Thanking God for answered prayers (v. 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, right now I thank You for all the prayers You have answered.  

Something to think about

The psalmist gave thanks with his whole heart.  He sang praises to the Lord. He bowed down to Him. He thanked Him for His loving kindness and His truth. The psalmist recognized the Lord’s name and the Word were to be exalted above everything else (v.1-2).  The psalmist believed though the Lord was high and lifted up, He still looked after the lowly (v. 6). The psalmist believed though he was walking in the middle of trouble, that the Lord would revive him (v. 7). The psalmist ended with “Your loving kindness, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t forsake the works of Your own hands” (v. 8).

Something to experience

We too need to give thanks to the Lord.  We too need to praise the Lord. We too need to bow down to Him.  And thank Him for everything He has given us. We too need to exalt the Lord’s name and His Word above everything. We too need to trust the Lord to save us out of trouble. 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 138:1-2 1 I will give You thanks with my whole heart.  Before the gods, I will sing praises to You.  I will bow down toward Your holy temple, and give thanks to Your Name for Your loving kindness and for Your truth; for You have exalted Your Name and Your Word above all.

Psalm 138:6 For though the Lord is high, yet He looks after the lowly; but He knows the proud from afar.

Psalm 138:7 Though I walk in the middle of trouble, You will revive me.  You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies.  Your right hand will save me.

Psalm 138:8 The Lord will fulfill that which concerns me. Your loving kindness, O Lord, endures forever.  Don’t forsake the works of Your own hands.

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Psalm 139 Theme

God has searched us and knows us (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You give each of us the opportunity to know You and to be with You forever.

Something to think about

The psalmist realized that God knew all about him (v. 1).  But the psalmist also realized he didn’t understand or know all about God and God’s plan (v. 6).  The psalmist also realized no matter where he went, he would never be outside God’s view (v. 7, 12).

Something to experience

God knows all about each of us too.  He has searched each of us and knows all about us.  When we sit down and when we rise up (v. 2a). He knows our every thought (v. 2b).  God knows what we’re going to do (v. 3). God knows when we’re going to speak and what we’re going to say (v. 4).  God has a plan and has called us to walk in it (v. 5).  We, just like the psalmist, were made by God in our mother’s womb (v. 13-15).  Before we were born, God knew how many days we would live on earth (v. 16).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 139:1O Lord, You have searched me, and You know me.

Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up.  You perceive my thoughts from afar.

Psalm 139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

Psalm 139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue, but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

Psalm 139:5 You hem me in behind and before.  You laid Your hand on me.

Psalm 139:6 This knowledge is beyond me.  It’s lofty.  I can’t attain it.

Psalm 139:7, 12 Where could I go from Your Spirit?  Or where could I flee from Your presence?  … 12 even the darkness doesn’t hide from You, but the night shines as the day.  The darkness is like light to You.

Psalm 139:13-15 13 For You formed my inmost being.  You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Your works are wonderful.  My soul knows that very well.  15 My frame wasn’t hidden from You, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth.

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my body.  In Your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Psalm 139:23-24 23 Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts.  24 See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.

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Psalm 140 Theme

Call to the Lord when being slandered or threatened.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist knew to call out to You for deliverance.

Something to think about

The psalmist asked for deliverance and preservation from an evil and violent man (v. 1, 4).  The psalmist identified the Lord as his God.  He asked the Lord to listen to his cry for help (v. 6). The psalmist identified the Lord as the strength of his salvation (v. 7). He asked the Lord to prevent the evil plans of the wicked from succeeding (v. 8).  The psalmist believed that the Lord will defend him (v. 12). He closed his psalm believing the righteous would give thanks and the upright would dwell in the Lord’s present (v. 13).

Something to experience

We believers can ask the Lord to deliver and preserve us when evil and violence comes against us.  We too can identify the Lord as our God. We can thank the Lord for His help when He defends us. We can thank the Lord for being the strength of our salvation. We can thank the Lord for preventing evil from succeeding against us.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 140:1 Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man.  Preserve me from the violent man.

Psalm 140:4 O Lord, keep me from the hands of the wicked.  Preserve me from the violent men who have determined to trip my feet.

Psalm 140:6 I said to the Lord, “You are my God.”  Listen to the cry of my petitions, O Lord.

Psalm 140:7 O Sovereign Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle. 

Psalm 140:8 O Lord, don’t grant the desires of the wicked.  Don’t let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah.

Psalm 140:12 I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and justice for the needy. 

Psalm 140:13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to Your name.  The upright will dwell in Your presence.

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Psalm 141 Theme

Help from God when criticized.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist asked for wisdom to accept criticism (v. 1-3).

Something to think about

The psalmist wanted the Lord to help him recognize good advice from negative advice (v. 4-7).  He said his eyes would be on the Lord and it would be in Him that he would take refuge (v. 8).  He ended his psalms by asking the Lord to keep him from getting trapped and to let the wicked be caught in their own nets (v. 9-10).

Something to experience

We believers need to be open to constructive criticism.  God may be using others to help correct our course.  But we should also beware of the wicked who are trying to trip us up.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 141:1-3 1 O Lord, I have called on You.  Come to me quickly!  Listen to my voice when I call to You.  Let my prayer be set before You like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.  Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth.  Keep the door of my lips.

Psalm 141:4-7 Don’t incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity.  Don’t let me eat of their delicacies. Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness; let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head; don’t let my head refuse it; Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds.  Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock.  They will hear my words, for they are well spoken.  “As when one plows and breaks up the earth, our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol.”

Psalm 141:8 For my eyes are on You, O Sovereign Lord.  In You, I take refuge.  Don’t leave my soul destitute.

Psalm 141:9-10 Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, from the traps of the workers of iniquity.  10 Let the wicked fall together into their own nets while I pass by.

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Prayer

Lord, You are good (Psalm 135:1).  Lord, You are great and above all gods (Psalm 135:5).  Lord, You cause the clouds to rise.  You make lightning with rain.  You bring the winds (Psalm 135:7).  Lord, Your name will endure forever and You will be remembered through all generations (Psalm 135:13). Lord, thank You for being our judge and having compassion on us Your servants (Psalms 135:14). We will give thanks to You O Lord for Your loving kindness endures forever (Psalm 136:1-26). We pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  May we never forget them (Psalm 137:5-6).  Lord, thank You for looking after the lowly (Psalm 138:6). Lord, I pray when we walk in the middle of trouble You will revive us (Psalm 138:7). Lord, thank You for knowing each of us so intimately (Psalm 139:1-24).  Lord, I pray You will deliver us and preserve us from evil and violent men (Psalm 140:1, 4, 8). Again, thank You Lord for being our God (Psalm 140:6). Thank You Lord for securing justice for the poor and upholding the cause of the needy (Psalm 140:12). Lord, we give thanks to Your name.  I pray we will indeed dwell always in Your presence (Psalm 140:13). Lord, I ask You to set a guard over our mouth and keep watch over the door of our lips (Psalm 141:3). Lord, I ask You to keep us away from evil (Psalm 141:4). Lord, I pray our eyes will be on You.  I pray in You we will take refuge (Psalm 141:8). Lord, I ask You to keep us from the nets of those who try to trap us (Psalm 141:9-10). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I dwell always in the Lord’s Presence.” <>< Dona