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

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Dr. Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!