Psalm Chapter 113: He can raise the poor from anything

Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are taken from, the King James Version of the Bible. See


Psalm Chapter 113 is a psalm of worship. It is the first of 6 psalms that are traditionally linked to the Jewish Passover service. They are called the Hallel psalms because they are considered songs of thanksgiving to Yah! This hopeful psalm roses the hopes of the poor, children, and barren women. See Gen. 11:30; 21:1–5), Rebekah (25:21), and Rachel (30:22).

Let’s praise the Lord

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. All of creation’s praise of the Lord will never end. See Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:18.3   From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

This Psalm is filled with praise. This Psalm is filled with praise. Note that the concept of praise is being mentioned 3 times in the first two verses. The praise is being raised to the Godhead: the Father, Word, and Holy Ghost. Christians as servants of the Lord of their sacrifice of praise every time that they worship the Lord. See Jeremiah 33:11 We should never grudgingly worship the Lord. See also Hebrews 13:15. In all that we do every day the least, we can do is praise Him.

No one is like Yah: Praise Him because his sovereignty is above all leaders.

4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. There isn’t a ruler anywhere on earth who sits higher than Yah. He sees all things, and He knows all things. We cannot begin to visualize what it is like to be high above all of the layers and strata that exist in the universe, but God can see them because He sits above all of them. Not even the angels sit higher than Yah. See Heb. 1:4 Read Isaiah 14:12-14 where Lucifer, who was created as a perfect being by Yah, thought that he could raise himself up even higher than Yah. His downfall was great. He is awaiting his final judgment when he will be placed in a pit. See Revelation 20 below.

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, What a fantastic rhetorical question! The psalmist knows full well that no one is like Yah! Just to solidify the construct of the loftiness of Yah Isaiah wrote,

17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? 19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains. 20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved. 21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: 23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. 25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. Isaiah 17 See also Exod. 15:11; Deut. 3:24; Ps. 35:10; Isa. 40:18, 25; 46:5.

Yet, look at what Yah is willing to do.

Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

Longman stated that the socially exiled, and lowly were always raised to heights of dignity by Yah. Read about:

“Hannah (1 Sam. 1:2), the Shunammite (2 Kgs 4:16), Elizabeth (Luke 1:7). Of these, the story of Hannah deserves special mention, because, after she gives birth to Samuel, she sings praises God in a song that shares a number of elements with Psalm 113 (1 Sam. 2:1–10).

Longman 2014, 393.

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