Psalm 113 – The Majesty and Condescension of God

Published February 14, 2024 by Rev. Pete Van't Hoff in Devotions

Psalm 113 is a psalm of praise. (1) “Praise the Lord!” it begins. And it continues,

Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s name is to be praised.

This is a call for all who call upon the LORD God, as their God, to be in constant praise. Who is God, that we shall praise Him?

The Lord is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
Who dwells on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

The psalmist has asked a question. The answer is that there is none other like Him.

He raises the poor out of the dust,
And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
That He may seat him with princes—
With the princes of His people.
He grants the barren woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children.

And just as we began with the command to (1) “Praise the Lord!” So do we conclude: (9) “Praise the Lord!”

Let us pray.

Dear Lord and heavenly Father,

Praise the LORD! All praise, honour and glory be to You! It has been Your good will to raise your people out of the dust, to seat us amongst princes, to give us a home. Such is the story of salvation, through the Person and work  of Your Son, Jesus Christ, worked in us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Praise the LORD! In Christ, Amen.


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