April 16, Reading 2 – Psalm 134, 135

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SAA Notes

Both these psalms contain the words: you who minister in the house of the Lord. These are psalms firstly for priests and then for everyone (135:21). You and I are now a royal priesthood. These are psalms for public worship. Reflect on the place the Bible gives corporate public worship in your own spiritual health and growth.

SJA Notes

Psalm 135 v13-14 says, “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 Psalmist takes us back thousands of years, and the people of the time back hundreds of years, to when God called Israel out of Egypt.

Deut 26 v8 tells us the Lord did this “… With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders.”

The Psalmist makes the case that “For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.”

He establishes the case with examples of this, and particularly focusses in on Egypt, on God’s signs in the midst of them, and afterwards, as they were used to strike down many nations.

These examples don’t draw attention to Israel, to the individuals, to the tribes etc – to the people. BUT instead the examples point to God, that HE IS GREAT, that HE IS ABOVE ALL GODS.

And v13 tells us this fantastic truth that underpins much of the argument.

The Lord’s name endures … For how long? A century. A few generations? No! FOREVER! Throughout all the ages!

One of the reasons our God is above all other gods is because of this truth, that His name endures forever.

And too, He is ALIVE (active in the life of His people), they are DEAD. Look at how the psalmist describes them in v15-18, the false gods, the idols – They cannot speak (God speaks through His word), they cannot see (God is omniscient, all-seeing), they cannot hear (God listens to His people), they have no breath (God breathes life into His creation, His Spirit is the breath Ezekiel speaks of, new life into dead and dry bones).

What a God we have! Hallelujah! He is so very worthy of our trust.

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