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Psalm 135; Not a Psalm of Ascent, but a blessing!
Topic Started: Mar 26 2013, 02:36 PM (2,052 Views)
DeanZF
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Psalm 135 is not a part of the Psalms of Ascent, but there is much in that psalm that sums up the previous fifteen. It is a hallel type psalm, full of the rehearsal of Who He is and what He does and has done. Yes, there is a warning about the falsity of idols, made by men with mouths that don't move, but look at the beginning and the ending.

      1. Praise the LORD!
          Praise the name of the LORD;
          Praise Him, O servants of the LORD,
      2. You who stand in the house of the LORD,
          In the courts of the house of our God!
      3. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
          Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.
      4. For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself,
          Israel for His own possession.

      5. For I know that the LORD is great
          And that our Lord is above all gods.
      6. Whatever the LORD pleases, He does,
          In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps...

     19. O house of Israel, bless the LORD;
           O house of Aaron, bless the LORD;
     20. O house of Levi, bless the LORD;
           You who revere the LORD, bless the LORD.
     21. Blessed be the LORD from Zion,
           Who dwells in Jerusalem.
           Praise the LORD!

This is all very amazing. We're inside the gate and dancing in celebration while the watchmen smile at our glee and exuberance. As we see that, we invite them in on the celebration, asking them to praise the Lord with us. After all, they are the ones standing in the house, on the wall, and in the courts of our God. We are all part of the same family, the chosen of God. The psalmist joins our exhortation and includes all of Israel, all of the houses of Aaron and Levi; in fact, he commands "all who revere the Lord" to bless Him. Praise the Lord! HALLELUJAH!
Blessings!

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Mar 26 2013, 02:36 PM
Psalm 135 is not a part of the Psalms of Ascent, but there is much in that psalm that sums up the previous fifteen. It is a hallel type psalm, full of the rehearsal of Who He is and what He does and has done. Yes, there is a warning about the falsity of idols, made by men with mouths that don't move, but look at the beginning and the ending.

      1. Praise the LORD!
          Praise the name of the LORD;
          Praise Him, O servants of the LORD,
      2. You who stand in the house of the LORD,
          In the courts of the house of our God!
      3. Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
          Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.
      4. For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself,
          Israel for His own possession.

      5. For I know that the LORD is great
          And that our Lord is above all gods.
      6. Whatever the LORD pleases, He does,
          In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps...

     19. O house of Israel, bless the LORD;
           O house of Aaron, bless the LORD;
     20. O house of Levi, bless the LORD;
           You who revere the LORD, bless the LORD.
     21. Blessed be the LORD from Zion,
           Who dwells in Jerusalem.
           Praise the LORD!

This is all very amazing. We're inside the gate and dancing in celebration while the watchmen smile at our glee and exuberance. As we see that, we invite them in on the celebration, asking them to praise the Lord with us. After all, they are the ones standing in the house, on the wall, and in the courts of our God. We are all part of the same family, the chosen of God. The psalmist joins our exhortation and includes all of Israel, all of the houses of Aaron and Levi; in fact, he commands "all who revere the Lord" to bless Him. Praise the Lord! HALLELUJAH!
Thank You Dean & Helena! This was a blessing. Dean, your teachings after each Psalm were anointed!
Blessings, Lucy
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