Going Deeper 9-18-19

Psalm 113   Praise the Lord!  Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord.  Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and forevermore.  From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.  The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.  Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?  He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.  He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!

 

This Psalm of praise was likely used in Israel’s communal worship from its very beginning, and continues to be used to this very day.  It is one of six “Hallel” Psalms used in Jewish festival worship, including the Passover celebration.  It begins and ends with a call to “Praise the Lord!”  In between are some reasons to praise.

 

It is interesting to note that this Psalm praises God for both His transcendence and His immanence.  The transcendent God who is “above all nations, and his glory above the heavens” also is immanent, drawing near to raise up the poor and the needy.  God is the almighty, all-knowing, everywhere-present Creator and King of the Universe, and at the same time our Shepherd who knows us each by name and is our constant Companion and Friend.  Those are reasons to admire and worship God!

 

This Psalm could also serve as a model for our own personal prayers of praise.  We begin with an expression of admiration and gratitude, followed by a list of the numerous reasons we have for praising God, and then concluding with another expression of praise.  It is good for our spirits to take the time to praise God! 

 

With You in Him,

 

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington, Colorado

 

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”