August 17, 2017


Psalm 135

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Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever

  Praise the LORD!
  Praise the name of the LORD,
    give praise, O servants of the LORD,
  who stand in the house of the LORD,
    in the courts of the house of our God!
  Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
    sing to his name, for it is pleasant!1
  For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his own possession.
  For I know that the LORD is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
  Whatever the LORD pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
  He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
  He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both of man and of beast;
  who in your midst, O Egypt,
    sent signs and wonders
    against Pharaoh and all his servants;
10   who struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings,
11   Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12   and gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.
13   Your name, O LORD, endures forever,
    your renown,2 O LORD, throughout all ages.
14   For the LORD will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants.
15   The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
16   They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
17   they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18   Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust 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 fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
21   Blessed be the LORD from Zion,
    he who dwells in Jerusalem!
  Praise the LORD!


[1] 135:3 Or for he is beautiful
[2] 135:13 Or remembrance


Key Verse | Psalm 135:6

Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.
(Psalm 135:6)

Central Truth

God is sovereign over the good and the bad. Sometimes the most loving thing He can do for His children is to lead us through a hard time.

Devotional | Psalm 135

This psalm urges us to praise the Lord for His goodness, but when it explains the works of His hands, don’t they sound a little harsh? He gets the credit for natural disasters, striking down the firstborn of Egypt,...

This psalm urges us to praise the Lord for His goodness, but when it explains the works of His hands, don’t they sound a little harsh? He gets the credit for natural disasters, striking down the firstborn of Egypt, and killing mighty kings. But it begins and ends with sweet praise from His chosen people!

It reminds me of a cake. Most of the ingredients are not very appetizing on their own (go grab a spoonful of baking soda). But when you get to enjoy the final product, it’s clear that each ingredient has a purpose, and it’s worth celebrating! I think the Israelites would testify to this theory. The Lord led them through so many years of “flour” in the wilderness, they had plenty of harsh “baking soda” moments, and, of course, some “sugary” mountaintops thrown in. But no matter what, it was the Lord’s doing, and the purpose was always to reveal His glory.

The hard part is allowing our view of God to be big enough to give Him credit for the baking soda. We often think we need to wait for God to intervene when things are hard, but could it be that He’s already there, lovingly adding some baking soda for our good and His glory?

My biggest baking soda moment to date was when my husband confessed to infidelity a few years ago. I felt forgotten and alone, like God had abandoned me. But in time, that confession led me into a deeper intimacy with the Lord that would not have been possible before. He raised my awareness of my own sins, which gave me a much deeper appreciation for the forgiveness I receive as a follower of Christ. I learned what it meant to fully surrender control to Him and how sweet that can be. I now give God credit and thanks for what I perceived as harsh and unappetizing at the time. He is the Master Baker. He is intentional and loving, even when He’s pouring on the baking soda, and that is something worth celebrating!

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Bio | Amanda Buccola

Hi! I’m Graham's and Millie’s mom, Amanda Buccola. Nick and I love sharing our lives with those two. When I’m not mom-ing, I’m baking. My sister and I run a wedding cake business out of our homes, and I love when I get to meet fellow Watermarkers that way. But my favorite way to bond with many of you is through Equipped Disciple, where I serve on Thursday mornings in Plano. God worked through that ministry to deepen my relationship with Him, and I love watching others fall more in love with the Lord there, too. That never gets old!

Discussion Questions

1. Have you seen a “baking soda” experience bring glory to God in your own community?

2. Do you truly believe “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV)?

3. How can you praise God’s name today for His sovereignty and goodness?

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