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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 113

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: The Scope of God's Care (v 1-9)

Psalms 113 Commentary 

(113:5-9) A Person's Value - In God's eyes, a person's value has no relationship to his or her wealth or position on the social ladder. Many people who have excelled in God's work began in poverty or humble beginnings. God supersedes the social orders of this world, often choosing his future leaders and ambassadors from among social outcasts. Do you treat the unwanted in society as though they have value? Do you see them as God does? Demonstrate by your actions that all people are valuable and useful in God's eyes. 

(113:7-9) God's Glory - The psalm writer emphasizes the glory and transcendence of God in this song. But in conclusion, he shows how the heights of God's glory and wonder are matched by his compassion for those who have been laid low by life circumstances. Here the writer draws particular attention to two kinds of people that God particularly cares for: the poor and the childless. The ancient world save special honor to the wealthy and those who had many children, especially sons. Our own cultures today tend to ignore and disparage the poor and those unable to have children. We learn here that God honors and fulfills the desires of those the world forgets the most. Ultimately, this promise will be fulfilled in the new heaven and new earth, where Jesus will restore all creation and provide for all of our needs (Revelation 21-7). But what about today? How can we better love those who are suffering in these ways in our communities and churches? In what ways is God calling you to give and serve?

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Poor and Needy

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 113. In our text today, we see the scope of God's care as He shows great mercy for the poor and oppressed. In applying, we see how God loves all and how we should show the same compassion towards the poor and needy. Today, we see how it is encouraged to take advantage of the poor. In today's society, we see many taking advantage of the poor with the lottery, high-interest loans, political oppression, paying low wages, etc., taking advantage of those who have little. At the same time, the Lord's position is quite different as he extends mercy and restores the poor. How about you? How do you treat others who have less than you? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember to show mercy and compassion to the poor with the goal of restoration just as our Lord extends His Hand to those in need.


Psalm 113

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.