Wednesday, September 09, 2009

psalm 113

Two things spring to my mind today as I look at this psalm.

The first that there is no time-zone where Yahweh isn't being praised right now. And there is no time in our time zone where he isn't being praised. Oh true, there are angels praising God in the heavens, but think of it: somewhere, anywhere, everywhere there's some Jewish person or Christian praising Yahweh. Can you imagine a moment or a second where no praise rises up from the earth to God and to Jesus? If I were to say "I love you so much, Jesus!" somewhere-anywhere-everywhere, someone is also praying with me.

Second, he humbleth himself.
What a God! Some gods are very proud. Not ours.
Now, I really should go looking around for the Hebrew word for "humbleth" but I'm in one of my tired modes. So I'll go with the English and not look for resonances. Humbleth. Yahweh deigns to look at human life. He enjoys our joys, weeps with those who weep, cries with those who cry.

Around the world, folks are praising gods who make harsh demands, gods they MUST praise, gods they fear but don't love. But we are praising a God who humbles himself. We praise a God who identifies with the weak, the outcast, the troubled, the nutcase. Oh, that we could understand His love even more.

Psalm 113

1Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
2Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
3From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised.
4The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
5Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
6Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
7He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
8That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
9He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
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