We are continuing our series of reflections on the Psalms. Each day we will upload a new reflection to the website. We hope and pray that you will find them helpful and that they bring hope during this season. Click on these buttons to read the text of the psalm or listen to a recording of it. You can also listen to the reflection using the audio player below.
Praise the Lord. Psalm 135 begins and ends with this phrase. It is a call for stirring, passionate praise to God.
“Praise Him, you servants of the Lord” refers to the priests and Levites who would stand in the house of the Lord for priestly and temple duties. “In the courts of the house of our God” may speak of the people of Israel in general, who as worshippers had no access to the house of the Lord. (Only priests could enter the holy place). The common man could stand in the courts of the house of God. This was a call to all God’s people to praise him. How much better for us that since Jesus’ death and resurrection everyone can have access to the Father at any time. Do we remember to praise him in our daily lives whilst we are working, relaxing, washing up, out in the countryside, etc.?
The praise continues:-
Verses 5-7 Praising God who creates all things.
Verses 8-12 Praising God who redeems His people.
Verses 13-14 Exalting the greatness of God.
God is, and will be always, the same to his church, a gracious, faithful, wonder-working God and thus his name will endure for ever.
Verses 15-18 warns the people against idolatry and all false worship, by showing what sort of gods the heathen worshipped and the psalm finishes with a further exhortation for everyone to praise the Lord.
Father, please remind us that we were made to worship you and we can praise you anywhere and anytime.