st. l =vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
st. 4 = v. 7
st. 5 = vv. 8-9
st. 6=vv. 10-12
st. 7 = vv. 13-14
st. 8 = vv. 15-18
st. 9 = vv. 19-21
In Jewish tradition, Psalms 135 and 136 served as an appendage to the "Songs of Ascents." The two psalms are also noteworthy for their recounting of Israel's history (see also 78,105, and 106).
In this post-exilic hymn, the psalmist first exhorts the temple personnel: Praise God; "proclaim all his glory abroad" (st. 1), for God, in his goodness, has chosen Israel to be his people (st. 2). Praise God as the Creator and as the King of creation (st. 3-4); praise the LORD for redeeming Israel and for giving them the promised land (st. 5-6). Praise God, who continues to sustain Israel (st. 7). The idols made by human hands are powerless, and so "shall their worshipers be" (st. 8). Praise God, all Israel and all you who fear the LORD; "sing praise to his glorious name" (st. 9).
Thus all believers are urged to praise the LORD as the one true God: the great Maker and Ruler of all creation who proves that all other gods are powerless, and the great Redeemer who overwhelmed Egypt and destroyed many kingdoms to give Israel the promised land. The combination of these two themes is common throughout the psalms; together they constitute the mighty acts by which the LORD became Israel's God. The (altered) versification is from the 1912 Psalter. Another setting of Psalm 135 is at 181.
The entire psalm is appropriate to services focusing on Israel's history. A selection of stanzas (for example, 1-4 and 9) has more general use at the beginning of worship.
JANET, by George C. Stebbins (PHH 63), is thought to have been composed for this psalm and was first published in the 1912 Psalter Written in Stebbins's characteristic gospel-hymn style, JANET is a simple tune with simple harmonization but with a strong rhythmic effect. Sing it in parts and in alter…
Display Title: Sing Praise to the LORD God AlmightyFirst Line: Sing praise to the LORD God AlmightyTune Title: JANETMeter: 98 98Scripture: Psalm 135Date: 1987Subject: Biblical Names & Places | Egypt; Biblical Names & Places | Pharaoh; King, God/Christ as | ; Creation | ; Ministry & Service | ; Opening of Worship |Source: Psalter, 1912, alt.
Display Title: O Praise Ye the Name of JehovahFirst Line: O praise ye the name of JehovahTune Title: JANETAuthor: AnonymousMeter: 98.98Source: The Psalter (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 373