The Psalms

Psalm 113 Transcendent And Immanent.

The covenant making and covenant keeping LORD’s name is to be praised, all day long, and from generation to generation (vv. 1-3). “Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (v. 2a) This is the desire of the servants of the LORD (Cf. 135:1). It includes all nations and all gods, for He is high above all (v. 4 Cf. Ps. 8:1; 89:6; 97:9; 99:2; Mal. 1:11). No one is like the LORD God, for He is providentially engaged in the whole of life (vv. 5-6 Cf. Ps. 11:4; Is. 57:15). In his providence “He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap.” (v. 7 Cf. Ps. 72:12). This is both spiritual and physical, financial and political (v. 8 Cf. Job 36:7). This He does for His saints (Cf. I Sam. 2:8). He also grants to the barren children and a home (v. 9 Cf. I Sam. 2:5; Ps. 107:41; Is. 54:1). “Praise the LORD!” (v. 9c) God is indeed high above all, but out of mercy and grace He governs the affairs of all humanity, especially for the good of His people.

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