Psalm 135: Praise for God’s Greatness

What differences exist between worship in church and in the workplace or at home?

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Psalm 135:1–2 Hallelujah! Praise the Lord for his greatness. Let all his servants praise him when standing in God’s presence in his temple courts.
King James
Psalm 135:1–2 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,

Under what conditions do people have the greatest recognition of God’s goodness? Why?

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Psalm 135:3 Praise the Lord for his goodness. Sing praises in recognition of his greatness, for such worship is delightful.
King James
Psalm 135:3 Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.

Who are the people who are “unique and precious” in God’s sight?

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Psalm 135:4 God has chosen the descendants of Jacob, unique and precious in his sight.
Romans 2:29 We belong to God when we are like-minded with him, when our spirit agrees with his Spirit, not when we are recognized for our teaching credentials.
Galatians 3:7 The true children of Abraham, God’s chosen people, are those who live by faith, not the Law.
King James
Psalm 135:4 For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Why do people sometimes fail to recognize God’s power and authority?

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Psalm 135:5 The Lord is great, high above all other powers and authorities.
King James
Psalm 135:5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.

By what standard can all God’s actions be judged “good”?

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Psalm 135:6 From the heavens above to the earth below, across the land to the depths of the seas, the Lord does all the good that pleases him.
Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me most excellent?” Jesus said. “No one is most excellent except God.”
King James
Psalm 135:6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

To what extent is God involved in climatic events we sometimes call “acts of God”?

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Psalm 135:7 He causes the rising moisture to form clouds that bring lightning and rain. From his storehouse, he makes the wind to blow.
King James
Psalm 135:7 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.

Why might people think God didn’t actually perform all the miracles in Egypt?

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Psalm 135:8–9 In Egypt, God killed the firstborn of both people and animals. He did signs and wonders in the midst of Egypt, against Pharaoh and his people.
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Psalm 135:8–9 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.

How did God “bring down” nations?

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Psalm 135:10–12 He brought down great nations and slew their mighty kings, including the Amorite King Sihon, Bashan’s King Og, and all the Canaanite kings. Their lands were given to God’s people Israel.
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Psalm 135:10–12 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings; Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan: And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.

By what means does God’s greatness become known by future generations?

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Psalm 135:13 Lord, your reputation for greatness will endure forever, to be recognized through all generations.
King James
Psalm 135:13 Thy name, O ord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations.

Why does God need to plead for his people?

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Psalm 135:14 God will plead for his people, having compassion for those who serve him.
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Psalm 135:14 For the Lord will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.

Why are people like the idols they make?

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Psalm 135:15–18 People make idols from silver and gold, which have eyes and mouths but can’t see or speak. They have ears that can’t hear and mouths that can’t breathe. The people are like the idols they make. Those who trust idols are like what they worship.
King James
Psalm 135:15–18 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.

What is the difference between those who praise God and those who don’t?

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Psalm 135:19–20 Let God’s priests and his people praise him.
Let his ministers and all who revere him praise him.
King James
Psalm 135:19–20 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel: bless the Lord, O house of Aaron: Bless the Lord, O house of Levi: ye that fear the Lord, bless the Lord.