Quick Quiz Quietens Questioning Qualms

May 1, 2013 at 11:46 am | Posted in Selected Psalms | 4 Comments
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Psalm 135 seems to be somewhat of a collection of other parts of Scripture. It was authored by the Holy Spirit Who inspired a temple singer or musician to collect and arrange the passages within it – probably for a special occasion. It contains four “praise the Lords” and four “bless the Lords.” It is a very balanced Psalm. It praises the Lord both for Who He is and for what He has done.

Q. Who is He?
A. He is OUR God.

Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God,

Psalm 135:1-2 (emphasis added)

If you belong to God, then He is “your” God, but not in the sense that you are His owner. He says to you, “I am your God,” in a “distinctive” way: You belong to Him rather than to other people’s false gods. This is a good test for what your testimony says about your relationship with God. Is He your God? When everyone else’s gods are entertainment, leisure, drugs, alcohol, money, possessions – if our God is in fact the God, then we should look, act, and speak very differently.

Q. What does He do?
A. Whatever He wants.

Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.

Psalm 135:6-8

Do you think the wind and the rain disobey God? What about the birds and the fish? We are creatures. If He rules over creation, we need to realize He rules over us.

Q. What’s to stop Him from hurting us?
A. He is compassionate toward those He has chosen.

Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations. For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

Psalm 135:13-14

Q. What’s so different about Him?
A. He is real.

Everybody who has a false god pretends to think the above answers are true about their god, too.

The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.

Psalm 135:15-18

You have probably heard the expression, “It takes one to know one.” It applies to idol-worshipers. It takes an intentionally blind and deaf person to make a blind deaf god and to act as though he really thinks it’s a god.

Our God is different. He speaks. He makes covenants, gives promises, gives guidance. He sees. His “eyes” are so sharp and so penetrating that we can not hide from Him in sin. He hears. He hears prayers. He hears cries of injustice. He hears the plans of His enemies. He has the power of smell. Worship to Him is like a sweet-smelling savor. We don’t burn incense in New Testament worship the way they did under the Old Testament system, because our sacrifices are obedience and praise and Godly living. Those things smell sweet to Him. He “touches.” Idols are made by men’s hands. Men are made by God’s hands. He walks. Idol-worshipers have to carry their idols. God carries His followers, and walks with us.

Q. Where is He?
A. Right here in the midst.

Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 135:21

He is in the middle of His people both positionally and figuratively. He’s with us on the mountain tops and in the green pastures. He is with us in the valleys (even the valley of the shadow of death). No true Christian will ever truly die alone.

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