The Lord is all-powerful and all-loving. He is high above us all, yet he reaches down to help the needy. The psalmist today challenges those who follow God to praise him for his character and his power and his mercy…
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.
The psalmist challenges the servants of the Lord to praise his name. We should know the work of the Lord more than anyone else, shouldn’t we? Shouldn’t we know that the blessings of our lives are not coincidence or the result of human effort? We ought to know that more than anyone – that God is our help in all things.
The Lord is to be praised at all times: now and forever.
From the rising to the setting of the sun.
The Lord is lifted up over all nations with glory above heaven.
The Lord is unique: he is enthroned on high, yet he reaches down to earth.
His mercy is evident in his helping of the poor and needy. He raises them up to seat them with royalty.
His ear is open to the cry of the childless, and he blesses the barren woman with children.
This description is meant to raise our eyes up to the holiness and character and power of God who is above our understanding and imagination. He is all-powerful and all-loving.
The servants of God ought to know him and therefore ought to praise him for who he is. Be lifted up today in my life, Lord!