Praise the Lord: Psalm 113
Praise the Lord!
A Timeless Call to Worship
Our primary service to the Lord is not to do something for him or to give something to him; it is to worship him.
1 Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD! 2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore! 3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!
Praise the LORD! – An enthusiastic boast about the Lord.
Praise, O servants of the LORD– The Psalmist is appealing to people who are in a covenant relationship with the Lord.
Israel: 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation….”(Exodus 19:5-6 ESV)
Christians: 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, thatyou mayproclaim the excellencies of himwho called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.(1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
Praise the name of the LORD! – The Psalmist is calling for us to praise the person and work of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore!3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! – Praise is always in season. Praise is an eternal activity.
The motivation of Praising the Lord
4 The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! 5 Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, 6 who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? 7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, 8 to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. 9 He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!(Psalm 113:1-9 ESV)
In this section of the Psalm, the writer acknowledges the Lord’s greatness and his graciousness.
- The Lord is exalted. The Lord ishigh above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
- The Lord is transcendent.5 Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, 6who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?(Psalm 113:5-6)
6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.(Isaiah 64:6-7 ESV)
- The Lord is compassionate. He humbled himself to care for the lowly.
The Lord Jesus emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8 ESV)
The Book of Psalms is full of rich insight into God's plan for our lives. It speaks to our response to God, both in seasons good and bad.