Read: Psalm 135:1 – 3; Psalm 116:19; Deuteronomy 7:6; Psalm 95:3; Exodus 3:15; Deuteronomy 32:36; Psalm 136; Psalm 115:1 – 18; Jeremiah 10:13
Psalm 135 appears to be a compendium of many other Scriptures, which are listed in the references above. Jeremiah 10:13 is probably a quote of Psalm 135:7. Spurgeon wrote of Psalm 135, “The whole Psalm is a compound of many choice extracts, and yet it has all the continuity and freshness of an original poem.”
Think About It: What is the function of repetition in Scripture?
Prayer: Lord, help me to pay attention to what You keep telling me.
Read: Psalm 135:1 – 3; Mark 10:18; Matthew 5:45; Exodus 33:18 – 19
Psalm 135 is an exhortation to praise the Lord, with many reasons given for praising Him. We should praise the Lord first of all because He is good and His name is pleasant.
Think About It: What do the Scripture references for today tell me about God’s goodness?
Prayer: Praise the Lord, for He is good.
Read: Psalm 135:4; see also references below.
Psalm 135:4 tells us that we should praise the Lord because He has chosen us for His possession. The Hebrew word for possession means “treasured possession,” that for which the owner has special affection. The Hebrew word for “chosen” includes the idea of choosing for the purpose of showing special concern. God chose Jacob, who is symbolic of His elect people, who are chosen for the privilege of eternal life (2 Thessalonians 2:13); chosen not on the basis of their works or worth, but according to God’s good pleasure (Ephesians 1:5, 11) which is His right as Creator (Romans 9:16, 21). God’s choice begins with His regenerative work in His chosen ones; then by His grace He grants His chosen repentance (Acts 11:18) and faith (Ephesians 2:8) and sanctification (2 Thessalonians 2:13, Ephesians 1:4). The ultimate result of His choice of us is His glory (Ephesians 1:6, 12).
Think About It: Did I choose Jesus, or did He choose me (John 15:16)? Why is it so important to understand this? Is my life bringing glory to God?
Prayer: Praise God for choosing me to be His possession.
Read: Psalm 135:5 – 12; Revelation 19:16; 1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:22; Luke 8:24 – 25; Luke 7:22 – 23; Revelation 2:27, 19:15
Psalm 135:5 – 12 tells us we should praise God because of His sovereign power.
Think About It: How is this sovereign power expressed in each of these passages of Psalm 135, and what is revealed about Jesus in the related verses: v. 5 (Revelation 19:16); v. 6 (1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:22); v. 7 (Luke 8:24 – 25); vv. 8 – 9 (Luke 7:22 – 23); vv. 10 – 12 (Revelation 2:27, 19:15).
Prayer: Praise the Lord for His Sovereignty.
Read: Psalm 135:13; Ecclesiastes 3:14; Romans 11:29; Hebrews 13:18
Psalm 135:13 tells us we should praise the Lord because He is eternal. In this world nothing is fixed; everything decays and fades — but God is unchanging.
Think About It: What do the Scripture references for today tell me about the eternality of God? Why is this important?
Prayer: Praise God because He is eternal.
Read: Psalm 135:14; Deuteronomy 32:36; Romans 8:34; John 3:18; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1
Psalm 135:14 tells us we should praise God because He will vindicate His people. God’s judgment will be a positive experience for His chosen, vindicating them and providing them with perfect justice.
Think About It: According to the Scripture references in the suggested reading (above), how does Jesus fulfill the promise of Psalm 135:14?
Prayer: Praise the Lord for vindicating His people.
Read: Psalm 135:15 – 21; 1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 John 5:21
Psalm 135 closes with an exhortation against idolatry and encouragement to worship the Lord.
Think About It: How do idols compare to the living God? In what sense do those who worship idols become like them? How is idolatry practiced today? Am I keeping myself from idols?
Prayer: Lord, strengthen my resolve to worship You and You alone.