Psalm 135 “God is faithful to His people”

Starting out in life we all develop expectations on how it will work out. But when these expectations are not met we can question God’s power, promises and care. Psalm 135 draws our eyes up to praise God for he is in control and is working out a far greater life than we could ever imagine. God is bringing all things together for a life that brings praise and honour to Christ and brings us joy in him.


Psalm 135

Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
    give praise, O servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
    in the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
    sing to his name, for it is pleasant![a]
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his own possession.

For I know that the Lord is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both of man and of beast;
who in your midst, O Egypt,
    sent signs and wonders
    against Pharaoh and all his servants;
10 who struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings,
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 and gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
    your renown,[b] O Lord, throughout all ages.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust in them.

19 O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
    O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
    You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
    he who dwells in Jerusalem!
Praise the Lord!

Genesis 1

In Gen 1 God reveals himself to the newly freed nation of Israel from slavery. His introduction sets him apart as the only true God who is uncreated and has all authority. And also reveals his fatherly love for his creation as shown in his original plan, placing them as gardeners in the garden of eden and his rescuing Israel from slavery by his grace.


Isaiah 9

In Isaiah Ch 9 he is given a vision to encourage the people of Judah who are faced with a coming invasion from Assyria or with oppressive allegiances. God gives them hope in the form of a Child who will be an eternal divine King. He will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.


Acts 17:1-15

What is an honourable way to interact with the Gospel account?

In Acts 17 1-5 Luke is highlighting for us is that an honourable/noble way to interact with the Good News about Jesus is to engage it with a measured eagerness.

A genuine desire to understand the truth of the Gospel for yourself.

As we do so, it is good to know that we all hold to presuppositions and will all check the Gospel against the authoritative sources of truth we know – in most cases only experientially.

As Christians we shouldn’t be threatened as people seek to do this, we should remember that the Gospel has held up to thousands of years of critique and still remains a reasonable faith.


John 15:12-17

Continuing on from his revelation of himself as the true vine of Israel in v1-11 of John 15, Jesus then calls his disciples to abide in him by loving one another. He makes it clear that we as his disciples are to abide it him if we are his friends and also reminds us that he has made us his friends by choosing and appointing us to bear fruit.


John 15:12-17

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

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