Psalm 113 & 114: God’s Praise
Verse of the Day: (113:1) Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
1. God’s Praise (113:1-6)
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised. (113:3)
God exhorts Israel and Christians today to praise and trust His name for who He is, and what He does for His beloved people. God supremely reigns and rules the earth, and His glory is above the homes of the birds and the fowls, the stars and the planets, as well as His glorious and eternal home. Indeed, God can do anything, even the impossible. God seemingly allows evil on earth to prevail, primarily to test the faith and obedience of His people. Ultimately, God shall eradicate wickedness in His power and holiness, and for His praise and glory. Let us thus fully praise and trust God from the rising to the setting of the glorious sun, as He shall eventually overcome Satan and his great whore of demons and wicked people, and grant us sweet victory now and forever. (Revelation 19:1-5)
2. God’s Poor (113:7-9)
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; (113:7)
God loves all especially, the poor, and He shall make us His precious princes, when we trust and obey Him. Though God loves all, yet He has a special place for the poor and the underprivileged, because He is fair and just. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, willingly left the riches and splendour of heaven to become a poor and humble man on earth, so that those who are poor will become rich in Him both materially and spiritually. Jesus’s ultimate mission was to live, minister and subsequently die at the cruel cross, and shed His precious blood for the sins of the world. Let us thus love and treat the poor with God’s love and care, and He shall richly bless us now and forever. (2 Corinthians 8:1-9)
3. God’s Presence (114:1-8)
Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the God of Jacob; (114:7)
God points to Israel of the time when He miraculously delivered them out of slavery of the Egyptians by sending the 10 plagues, the opening of the Red sea and river Jordan, and the quenching of their thirst with waters from the rock in the wilderness, before they finally entered the Promised Land. (Exodus 7-17) Ultimately, God desires for Israel is that they testify to the whole world that their He is the true God. At the time of writing, we are struggling with this unparalleled pandemic, Covid 19, for almost a year, but let us keep praising God as His presence is with us now and forever. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to praise Your name and presence in all my problems.