Praise the Lord . Praise the name of the Lord ; praise him, you servants of the Lord , you who minister in the house of the Lord , in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the Lord , for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession. I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses – Psalm 135:1-7
It is reassuring to be anyone’s treasured possession, and even more amazing to be God’s treasured possession. In this Psalm Israel is God’s treasured possession. What does it mean to be God’s treasured possession? Why would God need any possessions at all let alone Israel, or later all those who choose to follow Him?
I do not have any answers to these metaphysical questions, but what is clear from my journey on the water so far is that God loves us, He believes in us, He has our backs, and He wants to carry us like a son or daughter through good times and bad…sounds like a treasured possession to me.
The Psalm continues “The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths”. It pleases God to love and care for us as his children. That is an amazing truth…the Lord is indeed “greater than all gods”.
The last part of the Psalm contains some classic water word pictures. God is the “Father of the rain” and He has dominion over clouds, rain, and wind. God has dominion over us too, but He has given us the freedom to be free of Him if we choose….but whatever we choose we remain His treasured possession.
Prayer: God thank You for treasuring and loving us as Your children.