“Hallelujah And Hallelujah!” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – June 17

Psalm 135:1-21   A Hymn By Anonymous

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Psalm 135:1-21  Hallelujah And Hallelujah!

Psalm 135 is a hymn but it is also a story-telling psalm.  From verses 8-11 the story of Israel is told from the slaying of the Egyptian children to victory over Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites and the Canaanites.  Sihon and Og were two kings Israel defeated just before they entered the promised land (cf. 136:19-20; Num. 21).

The psalm begins with a call to praise.  A good form to follow for prayer is A-Adoration, C-Confession, T-Thanksgiving, and S-Supplication.  All our prayers should begin with praise (vv. 1-4).  God chose the descendants of Jacob, the son of Isaac, and the son of Abraham to teach the world His precepts (cf. the Jewish law guided us to Christ, Gal. 3:24; the story of Israel was an illustration of how God worked to teach us,  1 Cor. 10:11).

God is above all His creation.  He does what He wants to do (vv. 5-6; cf. Psa. 115:3).

God is in charge of the weather (v. 7).  If you don’t believe me, turn into the news tonight and see how accurate they are between tonight and tomorrow.

Yahweh gave them the land of Canaan as a gift for them (v. 12, cf. Ps. 136:21-22).

The Lord was a  Father to Israel, alternating punishment and blessing (v. 13-18, cf. Deut. 28).  The blessing was for obedience but discipline for worshipping idols (vv. 14-18).  Israel became like the idols they falsely worshipped (v. 18), deaf and dumb (vv. 16-17).

The psalmist called for the priests to initiate worship of the Lord (vv. 19-20).  Aaron was the first high priest whose grandfather was Levi.  All of the rest of the priests also came from the tribe of Levi (v. 19b, 20a).

The psalm begins with a Hallelujah, literally, “praise the Lord” and ends with a Hallelujah (v. 21)!

Do you begin your day with a Hallelujah?  You should begin with praising the Lord and end the same way with your life in-between just like this psalm!

Proverbs 17:12-13  Dark Shadows

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Have you ever messed with a mother animal’s kids?  You may have, but only once.  They get very, very mad.  Worse than that, is to get between a fool and the dumb things they might do.  Unbelievers, aka fools in the book of Proverbs, get very mad if you prick their pride which they have in abundance.

Galatians 6:7 says you reap what you sow in case you were wondering where in the Bible that was (v. 13a).   If you continually return bad deeds for the good done for you, you will have darkness following you around like a shadow for the rest of your life (v. 13).  Nothing will ever seem to go right for you.

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