Praise the Lord - Psalm 113
Originally scheduled for November 30
It is not generally well-known, but we know
exactly which hands Christ would have sung (or chanted) at his last
Passover during which he established the Lord’s Supper. That first
saw me with used is Psalm 113. It may be broken down conveniently
into three sections.
In the first section the servants of God are
directed to praise him.
They are summoned to his praise,
acknowledging that they are the servants of God.
There to praise him throughout all
time, now and forevermore.
They are to praise him throughout all
creation, “from the place where the sun rises to the place where it
In the second section, they are specifically
directed to praise him for his character.
He is exalted far above all nations.
He is unique; there is no one else
Yet, he stoops to look down towards
In the third section, he is to be praised for
his habits concerning the treatment of the poor.
He raises the poor from the dust —
remember King David ?
When they are raised, he seats them
But his most tender touch of all is
to give to a woman who cannot have children the ability to bear many
As we approach the time in which one ought to
contemplate one’s soul, remember the command that God has laid upon
his people that he should be praised. You should praise him for who
he is, his eternal character. Then praise him for how he treats the
common man — even to the point of the cross.