Psalm 135

Psalm 135 begins again with the instruction to praise the Lord.  “Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord….Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant”!  We’re instructed to praise His name.  Why?  Because He is good.  Every good and perfect gift flows from Him.  He is the source of all goodness and grace.  And as a result, we should explode with praise.  We should be unable to contain the praise we have for our Lord.

God’s power is unlimited.  “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”.  Nothing happens in this world that God does not cause or allow. It’s really that simple.  God does what he pleases, period and end of story.  Does He always do what we want, or do things the way we would do them?  Nope – that isn’t what it says.  God does what He chooses and we need to trust Him.  We have no control.  All we can do is trust and obey!

God’s around for the long haul.  “Your name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages”.  He’s not going anywhere.  He will be here til the end of time – throughout all eternity.  God is never leaving us.  He is God and will remain so for all time.  Our job is to know God and make Him known.  That is what scripture teaches us to do.  How do we do that?  By living in open and transparent relationship with Him.  We show people who God is by how we live in our walk with Him.  It’s about living with God openly in our day to day and moment by moment life!

There is a caution here we need to keep in mind.  As humans, we tend to idolize things that get in the way of our walk with God.  We let other things come in and push God off His throne.  “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”.  There are all sorts of things that can become idols in our lives.  We must be mindful and work to be sure that we don’t let anything take God’s rightful place on the throne of our life.

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