The Master of the Wind
Psalm 135 is known as a Psalm of Adoration, but it’s so more. In Hebrew culture, the Jews would sing a specific selection of psalms in a specific order as they made their ascent toward the temple to worship in their regular pilgrimages. The 15 “psalms of ascent” are Psalms 120-134. They reflect the struggle and difficulty of our upward climb in life. As you read these psalms, imagine them being sung in this order by ancient Jewish pilgrims on the journey toward the temple with Psalm 134 being sung as you arrive at the temple. This places Psalm 135 in its proper context. It’s the first psalm after the “songs of ascent”. It’s as though Psalm 135 is there to remind us that when God has delivered us from all our adversities, the appropriate response is for us to intentionally stop and give him the praise he is due.
As a result, unlike many psalms, this one contains no hint of trial and sorrow. The battles have been fought and won. God’s work is complete, and his ways have been found perfect. Maybe you’re not there. You haven’t crossed the finish line of your battle. So, how can you sing this psalm? This is the place for what we call “costly” praise. The bible calls it a “sacrifice of praise”. It’s in these moments when you bring adoration to God based on his character, not the positive nature of your current circumstances. That’s why a Psalm like this can be so helpful. When you don’t have words of you own; when you don’t feel like saying anything; when your gratitude reservoir is on empty—you can fall back on the written text of Scripture and these Spirit-inspired words. Let the Holy Spirit lift you out of your personal world of concern into the broad universe of everlasting truth and that truth is this: God is still in control!
I encourage you to read the entirety of Psalm 135 but for now I highlight verse 7:
7 He causes the clouds to rise over the whole earth.
He sends the lightning with the rain
and releases the wind from his storehouses.
He is the Master of the Wind. He is in control. He’s got the whole world in the palm of his hands. Could he have really lost control over the events of your life?
As a preteen in church, there was a gospel song that made its rounds during that time. My mom was often a soloist in our small church and I have fond memories of her singing this particular song. Our personal lives were very chaotic in that season, but I remember the words of this song giving me a deep sense that God was in control. Here is small sample of those lyrics:
I know the Master of the wind
I know the Maker of the rain
He can calm the storm
Make the sun shine again
I know the Master of the wind
Psalm 135:7 is the scriptural foundation of the song she would often sing. The promise of that old song and the promise of the ancient Psalm brings comfort to my heart today as much as it did then. I pray it does yours. The Master of the Wind and the Maker of the Rain is in control of your life!
Lord, let the adoration of the pilgrims who had arrived in your presence, inspire me while I still journey toward home. Let their words of adoration fill me with praise when my heart is empty from the burdens of the present. I know that even when I don’t “feel” the truth, it doesn’t make it less true. You are good. You are God. You are in control. Today this is the confession of my mouth and the declaration of my life. I choose to worship you.