Tehillim / Psalms 135, ספר תהילים קלה, Part 1, Blessing the Lord and What that Means


In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 135:1-21, the psalm opens saying, א הַלְלוּיָהּ | הַלְלוּ אֶת-שֵׁם יְהֹוָה הַלְלוּ עַבְדֵי יְהֹוָה: ב שֶׁעֹמְדִים בְּבֵית יְהֹוָה בְּחַצְרוֹת בֵּית אֱלֹהֵינוּ: ג הַלְלוּיָהּ כִּי-טוֹב יְהֹוָה זַמְּרוּ לִשְׁמוֹ כִּי נָעִים: 135:1 Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O servants of the Lord, 135:2 You who stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God! 135:3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely. (NASB) The psalmist speaks of the importance of praising the Lord for who he is, Creator, Master, Lord, and the One who loves us beyond words can describe. This is why He showed us the greatness of His love instead. The psalm continues saying, ד כִּי-יַעֲקֹב בָּחַר לוֹ יָהּ יִשְֹרָאֵל לִסְגֻלָּתוֹ: ה כִּי אֲנִי יָדַעְתִּי כִּי-גָדוֹל יְהֹוָה וַאֲדֹנֵינוּ מִכָּל-אֱלֹהִים: 135:4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His own possession. 135:5 For I know that the Lord is great And that our Lord is above all gods. (NASB) He goes on to speak of how the Lord is the Creator and does as he pleases (135:6), He is in control of natural processes (135:7), He killed the first born of Egypt (135:8), He struck nations (135:10-11), and He gave as an inheritance the land of Israel (135:12). As a result of these things, we speak of the mighty works of the Lord to our children, and therefore remembrance of His great deeds are remembered through all generations (135:13).  Read more here: Tehillim 135-Part1