Psalms 133-139 - God's Omnipresence and Omniscience; Vanity of Idols.

Psalm 133

The Excellency of Brotherly Unity.

Song of Ascents, of David.


1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is

For brothers to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil upon the head,

Coming down upon the beard,

Even Aaron's beard,

Coming down upon the edge of his robes.

3 It is like the dew of Hermon

Coming down upon the mountains of Zion;

For there the LORD commanded the blessing--

life forever.


Psalm 134

Greetings of Night Watchers.

Song of Ascents.


1 Behold, bless the LORD, all servants

of the LORD,

Who serve by night in the house

of the LORD!

2 Lift up your hands to the sanctuary

And bless the LORD.

3 May the LORD bless you from Zion,

He who made heaven and earth.


Psalm 135

Praise the LORD'S Wonderful Works. Vanity of Idols.


1 Praise the LORD!

Praise the name of the LORD;

Praise Him, O servants of the LORD,

2 You who stand in the house of the LORD,

In the courts of the house of our God!

3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;

Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.

4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for

Himself,

Israel for His own possession.


5 For I know that the LORD is great

And that our Lord is above all gods.

6 Whatever the LORD pleases, He does,

In heaven and in earth, in the seas and

in all deeps.

7 He causes the vapors to ascend from

the ends of the earth;

Who makes lightnings for the rain,

Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.


8 He smote the firstborn of Egypt,

Both of man and beast.

9 He sent signs and wonders into your midst,

O Egypt,

Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.

10 He smote many nations

And slew mighty kings,

11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

And Og, king of Bashan,

And all the kingdoms of Canaan;

12 And He gave their land as a heritage,

A heritage to Israel His people.

13 Your name, O LORD, is everlasting,

Your remembrance, O LORD, throughout

all generations.

14 For the LORD will judge His people

And will have compassion on His servants.

15 The idols of the nations are but silver

and gold,

The work of man's hands.

16 They have mouths, but they do not speak;

They have eyes, but they do not see;

17 They have ears, but they do not hear,

Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.

18 Those who make them will be like them,

Yes, everyone who trusts 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 revere the LORD, bless the LORD.

21 Blessed be the LORD from Zion,

Who dwells in Jerusalem.

Praise the LORD!


Psalm 136

Thanks for the LORD'S Goodness to Israel.


1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

4 To Him who alone does great wonders,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

5 To Him who made the heavens with skill,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

6 To Him who spread out the earth

above the waters,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

7 To Him who made the great lights,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting:

8 The sun to rule by day,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

9 The moon and stars to rule by night,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.


10 To Him who smote the Egyptians

in their firstborn,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

11 And brought Israel out from their midst,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

12 With a strong hand and an outstretched

arm,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

13 To Him who divided the Red Sea asunder,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

14 And made Israel pass through the

midst of it,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

15 But He overthrew Pharaoh and his army

in the Red Sea,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

16 To Him who led His people through

the wilderness,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

17 To Him who smote great kings,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

18 And slew mighty kings,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting:

19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

20 And Og, king of Bashan,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

21 And gave their land as a heritage,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

22 Even a heritage to Israel His servant,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.


23 Who remembered us in our low estate,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting,

24 And has rescued us from our adversaries,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting;

25 Who gives food to all flesh,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.


Psalm 137

An Experience of the Captivity.


1 By the rivers of Babylon,

There we sat down and wept,

When we remembered Zion.

2 Upon the willows in the midst of it

We hung our harps.

3 For there our captors demanded

of us songs,

And our tormentors mirth, saying,

"Sing us one of the songs of Zion."


4 How can we sing the LORD'S song

In a foreign land?

5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

May my right hand forget her skill.

6 May my tongue cling to the roof

of my mouth

If I do not remember you,

If I do not exalt Jerusalem

Above my chief joy.


7 Remember, O LORD, against the

sons of Edom

The day of Jerusalem,

Who said, "Raze it, raze it

To its very foundation."

8 O daughter of Babylon, you

devastated one,

How blessed will be the one who

repays you

With the recompense with which you

have repaid us.

9 How blessed will be the one who

seizes and dashes your little ones

Against the rock.


Psalm 138

Thanksgiving for the LORD'S Favor.

Psalm of David


1 I will give You thanks with all my heart;

I will sing praises to You before the gods.

2 I will bow down toward Your holy temple

And give thanks to Your name for Your

lovingkindness and Your truth;

For You have magnified Your word according

to all Your name.

3 On the day I called, You answered me;

You made me bold with strength in my soul.


4 All the kings of the earth will give thanks

to You, O LORD,

When they have heard the words of

Your mouth.

5 And they will sing of the ways of the LORD,

For great is the glory of the LORD.

6 For though the LORD is exalted,

Yet He regards the lowly,

But the haughty He knows from afar.


7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

You will revive me;

You will stretch forth Your hand against

the wrath of my enemies,

And Your right hand will save me.

8 The LORD will accomplish what

concerns me;

Your lovingkindness, O LORD,

is everlasting;

Do not forsake the works of Your hands.


Psalm 139

God's Omnipresence and Omniscience.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.


1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

You understand my thought from afar.

3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down,

And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before there is a word on my tongue,

Behold, O LORD, You know it all.

5 You have enclosed me behind and before,

And laid Your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

It is too high, I cannot attain to it.


7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in Sheol, behold,

You are there.

9 If I take the wings of the dawn,

If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,

10 Even there Your hand will lead me,

And Your right hand will lay hold of me.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will

overwhelm me,

And the light around me will be night,"

12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,

And the night is as bright as the day.

Darkness and light are alike to You.


13 For You formed my inward parts;

You wove me in my mother's womb.

14 I will give thanks to You, for I am

fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the depths

of the earth;

16 Your eyes have seen my unformed

substance;

And in Your book were all written

The days that were ordained for me,

When as yet there was not one of them.


17 How precious also are Your thoughts

to me, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they would

outnumber the sand.

When I awake, I am still with You.


19 O that You would slay the wicked,

O God;

Depart from me, therefore, men of

bloodshed.

20 For they speak against You wickedly,

And Your enemies take Your name in vain.

21 Do I not hate those who hate You,

O LORD?

And do I not loathe those who rise up

against You?

22 I hate them with the utmost hatred;

They have become my enemies.


23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,

And lead me in the everlasting way.

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