Psalm 135 gives us at least five reasons why God is praiseworthy. Yesterday we looked at his inherent goodness and electing love. Today we continue with three other reasons.

The heart of Psalm 135 is the four stanzas covering verses 3-14, for it is in these verses that God is actually praised. He is praised because he alone is praiseworthy. The verses give reasons why, introducing several of them (though not all) by the word “for”: “Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good" (v. 3); “For the LORD has chosen Jacob to be his own" (v. 4); and “For the LORD will vindicate his people” (v. 14). The King James Version also used the word to introduce verse 5. The psalm gives us at least five reasons why God is praiseworthy.

The psalm falls into four clearly delineated parts: 1) an opening call to worship (vv. 1, 2); 2) the specific worship section, explaining why God must be praised (vv. 3-14); 3) a contrast between the one true God and the impotent gods of the heathen (vv. 15-18); and 4) a final section calling on all who know God to praise him (vv. 19-21). In these final verses the psalm ends with praise, as it began. 

For the last fifteen psalms we have been studying the Songs of Ascents (Pss. 120-134), those well-known psalms that seem to have been sung by Jewish pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem for the three annual feasts that adult Jewish males were required to attend. With Psalm 135 we begin a new and also final section of the Psalter (Pss. 135-150), which emphasizes the worship or praise of God specifically. It is a psalm that tells us who should worship God and why. 

Reference to the Levites in Psalm 134 leads to several important responsibilities of ministers. We have already looked at two such responsibilities: 1) Ministers must lead in prayer; and 2) Ministers must read and teach the Bible.