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Psalm 135 Which God Should We Worship?

There is no assigned author, time, or place for this Psalm, but it certainly brings together elements from a few other Psalms to show God is above all “gods!”

Verses 1-4 call for God’s People to praise Him;

Verses 5-18 mention why God is Supreme;

Verses 19-21 make a second call for God’s People to praise Him.

Verses 1-4: Look at what the LORD has done to distinguish His Name: (1 His “Servants” in “the house of the LORD” know He is “good” (Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God,” Matthew 19:17); (2 “Praises to His Name” are to be sung, “for it is pleasant” (that is, it is a joyful response to His Name); (3 God chose “Jacob” (whose name was changed to) “Israel” (not Ishmael!) “for His special treasure,” through whom will come Jesus Christ (Luke 1:26-33).

Verses 5-18: The LORD is “great,” and “above all gods,” because: (Verses 5-7) He is All-Powerful (does as He pleases); Creator and Ruler of Earth (including heaven, earth, seas, deep places, water cycle, lightning in rain, wind from His “treasuries”). One God over all Creation, unlike idolaters who need many “gods” for one Creation! (Verses 8-12) He created and blessed the Israelite Nation by “signs and wonders” ending in the death of “the firstborn of Egypt” (man and beast! Exodus 9-12); defeated all the Canaanite nations for Israel to have the “Promised Land” (Book of Joshua); gave Canaan to Israelites as long as they obeyed Him (Deuteronomy 29). (Verses 13-18) NO idol has begun to accomplish as much for their people as God has for His! Idols are the product of human planning and carving, made in the image of a human (mouths, eyes, ears, none of which work because there is no breath of life!). God made humans in His own image (Genesis 1:26). Humans may become godly, but idolaters, those who trust idols, become cold, unfeeling, and blind, deaf, and dumb (or speechless).

Verses 19-21: Because God is Creator, All-Powerful, Ruler over human history, He deserves the praise and blessing from the “house of Israel,” “house of Aaron,” “house of Levi,” and all “who fear the Lord” should “bless the LORD.” The living God deserves, and should receive, all praise and blessing from those whom He has helped.

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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God and Haiti

A natural disaster struck Haiti not long ago and when such things happen, especially when such a tragedy brings thousands upon thousands of death, people wonder why a loving God could (would) allow such a thing. This was addressed in a BBC article by David Bain of the University of Glasgow. In brief, he took this age-old question with the prominent replies through history and tried to make sense of it; the way he ended his piece, he could not.

Can anyone make sense of it? Not from a purely human point of view. In life, there are practical matters of concern and there are theoretical matters of interest. This question of why does evil exist when a loving God can address that evil is of the latter categorization. Of practical value to us is the matter of helping those who have suffered a tragedy immeasurably.

Nevertheless, the theoretical interests are important to pursue. We try to make sense of things that seem incomprehensible. The problem with man, however, is that we are quite limited in our ability to answer. The atheist satisfies himself in thinking such an occurrence demonstrates that God does not exist. Quite the contrary, it does no such thing! This is nothing but a platitude of delusion.

Biblically speaking, God is “all-good.” By that I mean, the good that comes from God benefits man. What man does with that good is up to him, but it freely flows from God. God is also “all-powerful.” By that I mean, that whatever can be done God can do. If God is all-good and all-powerful, why does evil exist? Man can do whatever he wants with the good that proceeds from God. Since man misuses the good that comes from God, evil exists. The all-powerful nature of God has God dealing with the evil of man at what we know to be the Day of Judgment.

What about natural “evil”? Things (events) that occur in nature are not evil; they are natural. Evil exists only in relation to what man does with God’s good; thus, evil is associated with good in a moral sense, not a natural one. It is very difficult to make sense of what happened in Haiti; I am not smart enough to do so and, I suppose, no one else is either. One thing I will do, as Job did, I take consolation that God’s goodness is not something I will not question or doubt. The complexity of man’s situation on occasion seems incomprehensible, but in all respects God is in control.

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