Praise the Lord!
Yes, give praise, O servants of the Lord.
Praise the name of the Lord!
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
now and forever.
3 Everywhere—from east to west—
praise the name of the Lord.
4 For the Lord is high above the nations;
his glory is higher than the heavens.
5 Who can be compared with the Lord our God,
who is enthroned on high?
6 He stoops to look down
on heaven and on earth.
7 He lifts the poor from the dust
and the needy from the garbage dump.
8 He sets them among princes,
even the princes of his own people!
9 He gives the childless woman a family,
making her a happy mother.
Praise the Lord!
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
Prayer of Reflection
I love how the psalm starts out with this resounding, YES! – like of course, or ABSOLUTELY!
You are more than worthy of our praise, and may it ever be so.
I must confess that somehow between selfish desires, and busyness I lose sight of your presence, your power, your peace and more times than not I find myself being the needy one you are lifting up from the garbage dump.
But the YES! comes from knowing YOU always LIFT me UP!
Praise the Lord! – that’s code for thank you.
From Tim Keller’s Book: Songs of Jesus
GREATNESS AND SMALLNESS. Praise God because there is nothing too great for him. He is over all time (verse 2), all places (verse 3), and all human power and authority (verse 4). But also praise him because there is no one too small for God (verses 7–9). He enthrones the poor (verse 7). The situation of the poor often is used to open them spiritually to the need for grace and the riches of salvation (Luke 6:20; Revelation 1:6). Materially God works for justice in history for the oppressed (Psalm 103:6, 140:12, 146:7). He loves working through the barren (think of Sarah, Hannah, and Elizabeth) and puts the lonely in community (verse 9). God’s greatness is seen in his regard for the ungreat. In Jesus he proved to be great enough to become small himself.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I praise you that one infinitely greater than the universe with all its galaxies would become a tiny infant who needed to be fed and carried and changed. And you did it for me. That humbles my heart and yet lifts it to the stars as well. Thank you, Lord.