Psalm 113 - We Are So Blessed!
Psalm 113:1-9 NIV
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, you His servants; praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
The Lord is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes, with the princes of His people. He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.
Psalms 113 to 118 are known as the Egyptian Hallel (meaning ‘praise’ in Hebrew). They are six psalms recited as a unit, as an act of praise and thanksgiving during joyous occasions and festivals. They commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. During the Passover ceremony, Psalms 113 and 114 are sung before the meal and Psalms 115 to 118 after the meal. As the last psalm of the Hallel, Psalm 118 was likely the last psalm Jesus and his disciples sang before they proceeded to the Mount of Olives after the last supper together (Mark 14:26).
Psalm 113 repeatedly called upon God’s people to “praise the Lord”. When we praise the name of the Lord, we are praising His character. His character is to be praised every day (now and forevermore). Consider the impact on our mind when we truly understand God’s nature as we praise His names.
Understanding God’s character is like getting to appreciate a friend’s character. We get close to some people and become friends with them because we are drawn to their character. What aspects of God’s character draw us to Him? When we keep that character of God in our heart, we will be constantly reminded of why we love God. What draws me is God’s grace. His grace allows me to move on and face Him day by day. I am one who easily feels guilty for my mistakes, and His grace helps me to change.
Our God “sits enthroned on high” above every nation and every man, yet He humbly “stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth”; the Almighty cares and loves us even though we are lowly. He “raises the poor” and “seats them with princes”. God is so unlike us human beings. We tend to admire the rich, famous and powerful, but God pays special attention to the poor and needy.
A “childless woman” will be settled as a “happy mother of children”, depicts the joy that a woman will experience from God even if she is childless. Especially in the past, and even till now, women generally consider having children as a blessing from God. But God provides many other blessings besides children. Our God is fair to all!
Jesus sang these Hallel Psalms on the night that he was betrayed. He sang psalms about himself stooping down to sacrifice his life for us. We are incredibly fortunate that Jesus has redeemed us, as the wages of our sin is death (Romans 6:23).
God chose to be humble to serve us. Yet, I’m not humble and desire more to achieve big things in life. God has given us many things that we can sing praises about. I think about my family, my home, my friends and church, what amazing blessings I have received from God!
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.