A Bible Devotion from Psalm 135
Praise the Name of the Lord!
13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them!
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 fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
he who dwells in Jerusalem!
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 135 Verses 13-21, NKJV
Who is God? Why do Christians love the Lord? The 135th Psalm answers both of these questions. Christians love the Lord because He has vindicated His people. We are born in sin, hopelessly in debt to God because of the sin and wickedness of our own heart. All that awaits us is sin and misery with no hope in and of ourselves to pay that debt of sin. What can we do? The Lord has vindicated His people - those who have called upon Christ for salvation accepting His shed blood in payment for their sins.
Verses 15-18 are a picture of life apart from God; no matter what idols we worship, be it money, mankind, gods of other nations, etc. they are unable to pay the debt of our sin to a holy and righteous God. The picture drawn here is of the idols of foreign lands around Israel: 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. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them!
The greatest miracle of all is the miracle of salvation through Christ, who came to this earth for the purpose of redeeming a people for Himself. How do we show our love and appreciation to God? You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
Pray that, as encouraged in Psalm 135, you would live your day today in praise to the Lord, and if you do not know the Lord as your personal redeemer and friend, that you would fall before Him ackowledging your sin and cry out to Him for salvation.
More Devotions on the 135th Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions.
The Lord is Good, verses 1-4
The Lord is Great, verses 5-7
Kept by God, verses 8-12
God Endures Forever, verses 13-14
Idols, verses 15-18
Praise Ye the Lord, verses 19-21