Psalm 136

God is good.  Not bad.  Perfect.  Kind.  Generous.  That’s His nature.

God is the God of gods.  Number one.  Head honcho.  Top dog.  God is the ultimate creator of gods.  People create gods from materials God created.

God is the Lord of lords.  Men have lords, kings, rulers, presidents.  God is Lord of all of them.

God alone does great wonders.  No one else does miracles like He does.  Great wonders.  Beyond human imagination.

By His understanding, He made the heavens.  No one understands like He does.  He made space.  He made outer space.  We will never understand like He does until we get to heaven.

God spread out the earth upon the waters.  Oceans.  Deserts.  Swamps. Valleys. Hills.  Mountains.  All put together by God.

God made the great lights.  Sun.  Moon.  Stars.  Fire.  Electricity.  Laser.

The sun governs the day.  God governs the sun.  Therefore, God governs the day.

The moon and stars govern the night.  God governs the moon and stars.  Therefore, God governs the night.

God struck down the firstborn of Egypt.  God will strike down the firstborn of sin.

God brought Israel out from Egypt.  God brings us out from sin.

God has a mighty hand.  Able to punish.  Capable to help.  Strong to mold.

God has an outstretched arm.  Filled with love.  Always open.

God divided the Red Sea.  God divides the busyness of our lives and shows us the way to cross through into His Promised Land.

God brought Israel through the midst of the Red Sea.  God brings us through busyness to Him.

God swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.  God will sweep Satan and his army into hell.

God led His people through the desert.  God lead us through deserts of unbelief, fear, discouragement.

God struck down great kings. God strikes down the things that rule our lives and keep Him from being centermost.

God gave their land as an inheritance.  God gives the profits of sin as our inheritance in heaven.

An inheritance to His servant Israel.  The better the servant, the better then inheritance, the better the heavenly reward.

God remembers us in our low estate.  No matter how far away from Him we are, He does not forget us.

God frees us from our enemies – from whatever is keeping us from being close to Him.

God gives food to every creature.  Every creature.  No matter our opinion of the creature.

Give thanks to God.

His love endures forever.

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Lot and His Daughters

I was reading Genesis 19: 30-36 and almost wondered how the two daughters could do such a thing as to make their father drunk and lie with him to get pregnant.  But then their history came to mind and it made more sense.

In Genesis 19:8, the men of Sodom came to Lot’s house to demand that the two men (actually angels) be brought out to them for sex.  Lot refuses to turn over the men, but offers his two daughters instead (despite the fact that they are betrothed).  So the cultural norm that women are only property is confirmed to the girls.

In verse 26, assuming Lot led, followed by his wife, followed by the two daughters, they saw their mother become a pillar of salt.

At first they escape to Zoar, the only town in the valley not destroyed by brimstone and fire (because Lot begged the angels to allow them to go there).  I expect the watchman of Zoar saw them coming from Sodom.  Perhaps the townspeople gave them a hard time, assuming Lot and his daughters were the cause of the destruction.  Instead of realizing they were the cause of their salvation, they must have mistreated the trio and forced them to leave before their town was destroyed next.

So the daughters were convinced there’re wasn’t “a man on earth” to marry them – their fiancés killed in Sodom, the only town left in the valley rejecting them, living in a cave with their father.  Not much of a chance of meeting any eligible bachelors in an out of the way cave.  Their world and their prospects shrunk and so did their mindset.  Therefore they used the last man available to them – their own father.  That’s what happens when God is left out of life.

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord.

Servants praise Him.

Ministers praise Him.

Praise Him for He is good.

Sing praises to His name for that is pleasant.

God has chosen us to be His own treasured possession.

 

I know that God is great – greater than all gods.

God does what pleases Him in heaven, on earth, in the oceans.  He makes clouds, sends lightning and rain and brings out the wind.  He controls the weather.

 

He struck down the firstborn of Egypt – men and animals.

He sent signs and wonders.

He struck down many nations and kings and gave their land as an inheritance to Israel.

 

Your name endures forever through all generations.

God will vindicate His people and have compassion on His servants.

 

The idols of others are silver and gold, man-made.

They have mouths but can’t speak, eyes but can’t see, ears but can’t hear, no breath, no heart.

Those who make idols and trust in them will be just liked their idols – unseeing, unhearing, not real life, heartless.

Psalm 134

Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord.  All of us are servants.  All of us minister.  All of us minister at night.  Our house is the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.  Lift up your hands in the kitchen, in the living room, in the dining room, in the bedroom, in the family room, in the study.

Wherever you are ministering at the moment, lift up your hands and praise the Lord.

Then God, Maker of heaven and earth, will bless.

Psalm 132

Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured.

Lord, remember me and all the hardships I have endured.

 

David swore an oath and made a vow not to go home or go to sleep until he found a place for God’s home.

 

Let us go to God’s home where He puts His feet up.

Lord, come to Your home.

May Your priests be clothed with right living and may Your saints sing for joy.

 

For the sake of Your servant, don’t reject him.

 

God swore an oath to David that his descendants would forever be kings if they kept God’s word.

 

God has chosen Zion for His dwelling, for His resting place.  He will bless the city with abundant provisions, food for the poor, salvation for priests, joy for saints.

He will bless David with strength, light, shameful enemies, a resplendent crown.

Psalm 131

My heart – my innermost being – is not proud.

My eyes are not haughty – they don’t see me as more than I am.

I do not concern myself with great matters.  I don’t stick my nose where it doesn’t belong.  I just do my job the best I can.

I do not concern myself with things too wonderful for me – with things beyond my means, my talents, my capabilities.

But I have stilled and quieted my soul.  I don’t go seeking the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – I am content to mine gold at home.

Like a weaned child with its mother is my soul within me – nestled quietly against God’s bosom.