This devotional was penned by Alex.
Psalm 135 kicks off with a calling to praise the Lord, his name, his goodness, his graciousness, and sovereignty...
The Psalmist praises the wondrous works of God, and then slams the ways of those who worship gods made with their own hands! (Idols)
The pagans served, honoured and loved their hand made idols...Paul writes in Romans 1:23
“They exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things”
The psalmist back in psalm 135v18 calls out that “those who make them become like them”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said
The god’s we worship write their names on our faces; be sure of that. And a man will worship something ... That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.”
And Saint Augustine said, “you are what you Love”
If we are wholeheartedly worshiping The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, if we have given our lives, exchanged our thoughts with his and lean not on our understanding but his - “the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.(- Jonah 1:9) if we truly LOVE God for the life he has bought us, the freedom that we now live in,
And the fact that “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (-Galatians 2:20) our identity now, is in the one who took my place, your place, our place and we will become more and more like, Christ! - we’re being clothed not in the robes that we think we’ve earned...but in HIS robes that have been given freely to us, made Faultless, flawless, and now his own possession (v4)
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,..(Romans 8:29)
“you are what you Love” - Saint Augustine
Every day, i try my best to remind my son Elijah, That I love him. Even when he’s messed up...I want him understand how much I love him.. I never get bored of saying “I love you Son” and psalm 136 repeats itself over and over and over and over again!
The psalmist is really wanting it to saturate our mind that the fact that Gods love remains and will last forever, no matter what...
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. - Psalm 136:1