1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the name of the Lord.
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the Lord.
(Psalm 113 NIV)
Join with me today as I read and think about this Psalm.
As I read verses 1 through 4, I imagine a large group of people worshipping the Lord, with men, women, and children from every nation and ethnicity represented, all focused on the Lord and giving Him glory.
As you read verses 5 through 9, can you, in your mind’s eye, see Jesus sitting beside the Father in heaven, as Jesus stands up, steps out of heaven and onto the dusty soil of earth?
Can you see Jesus stoop down to speak with a poor soul who has given up on life, to hear their story, to offer love and hope both now and for eternity?
Can you see Jesus speaking to you in your hard times, listening intently, as He dries your tears, helps you stand, and walks with you?
May you experience God’s favor and sense His presence today.