Read: Psalm 113:1; Romans 6:16 – 22; Galatians 5:17 – 18
Psalm 113 is the first Psalm of the “Great Hallel,” comprised of Psalms 113 – 118, which were traditionally sung at the Passover. The imperative of the Psalm is for the servants of the Lord to praise the name of the Lord.
Think About It: Whom did the Israelites serve in Egypt? How is the redemption of the Israelites from Egypt similar to my redemption as a Christian? To what was I enslaved? Whose servant am I now?
Prayer: Praise the Lord because He has set me free from the bonds of sin.
Read: Psalm 113:2 -3; Ephesians 1:3; Habakkuk 3:17 – 18; 1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 4:11; Revelation 4:9 – 10, 5:13 – 14, 7:12.
God’s name is worthy to be praised at all times. God is worthy of praise for His works (Psalm 26:7) but even more worthy of praise because of who He is. The “name” of the Lord refers to His revealed attributes. It is characteristic of praise to God that it continues forever. The praise of God is also to be offered everywhere – the name of the Lord is to be praised throughout the whole earth, from one end to the other.
Think About It: Read Habakkuk 3:17 – 18. Do I have Habakkuk’s willingness to praise the Lord even in lean times? Do I give thanks at all times and in every circumstance? Do I praise God for His attributes, as well as for His works?
Prayer: Praise God for His revealed attributes.
Read: Psalm 113:4 – 5; Psalm 2:1 – 4; Daniel 4:34 – 37; Philippians 2:9 – 11; 1 Corinthians 15:26 – 28
The Lord is to be praised because He is high above all the nations, because His glory is above the heavens. Every force and power in heaven and on earth must submit to Him and will be brought into submission to Him.
Think About It: In Psalm 2, what is the attitude of the pagan nations towards God? What is God’s attitude toward those unbelieving nations? What are the implications of God’s sovereignty over heaven and earth for the current world situation?
Prayer: Praise God for His sovereignty over heaven and earth.
Read: Psalm 113:5; Psalms 35:10, 71:19, 77:13, 89:6; Exodus 15:11; 2 Samuel 7:22
The Lord is to be praised because He is unique, there is no one like Him. This is a great theme in Isaiah — “I am the Lord, there is none other” (Isaiah 45:5, 6, 18). We are to praise the Lord because He alone is God.
Think About It: Read Joshua 24:14 and 1 Samuel 7:3. “Strange gods” were evidently a problem for the Israelites. What form do “strange gods” take for people today? (See for example Colossians 3:5, “. . .covetousness, which is idolatry,” and 1 Samuel 15:23, “. . . rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”) Are there any false gods in my life?
Prayer: Praise God because He is the Lord, there is none other.
Read: Psalm 113:6; Isaiah 46:10; 1 Samuel 16:7; Psalm 56:8; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 12:7;
The Lord is to be praised because, exalted though He is, He humbles Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and on earth. He looks down on all of His creation; He sees the entire picture. He knows the end of the story.
Think About It: According to the Scripture passages for today, what does God know about the course of events? What does He know about me, personally? What does God’s knowledge of me mean to me?
Prayer: Praise God because He knows the end from the beginning; because He knows me.
Read: Psalm 113:7 – 8; Philippians 2:5 – 8; Ephesians 2:6; Revelation 22:5
The Lord is to be praised because not only does He see from His heavenly vantage point, He reaches down to raise the poor from the dust and the needy out of the ash heap. He seats them with the princes of His people.
Think About It: How does Philippians 2:5 – 8 relate to Psalm 113:7 – 8? To where has God raised me up, according to Ephesians 2:6? What is my “royal” destiny according to Revelation 22:5?
Prayer: Praise the Lord because Jesus humbled Himself for my salvation and exalted me.
Read: Psalm 113:9; Genesis 21:6, 30:22 – 24; 1 Samuel 1:20, 2:1;
We are to praise the Lord because He gives to the barren woman a home, and makes her the joyful mother of children. Israel’s history has prominent examples of barren women who were joyfully made mothers: Sarah (Genesis 21:6), Rachel (Genesis 30:22 – 24), Hannah
(1 Samuel 1:20, 2:1).
Think About It: Read John 14:2; 16:22, 24; Philippians 1:6. How has God fulfilled the promise of a home and joyfulness for me?
Prayer: Praise God for the fulfillment of His promises.