The Lord Helps People in Need

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Praise

Psalm 113-118 is a collection of songs sung at the great festivals of Israel; Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. An essential feature of the ancient festivals held by the Israelites was praise to Jehovah. They thanked God for raising up the oppressed (Ps. 113) and for deliverance from Egypt (Ps. 114). They offered the praise of the community (Ps. 115), the individual (Ps. 116), and all nations (Ps. 117). The cycle concluded with an exultant shout of praise that looked forward to the Messiah (Ps. 118). This cycle of six psalms, known as the “Egyptian Hallel” (praise), was used at Passover.

  1. The call to praisePraise the LORD” (vv. 1-3).  Passover was truly a season of praise. Israel recalled all God had done for His people as each Jewish family reenacted the supper and remembered the night death struck Egypt and passed by the blood-marked homes of God’s own. No wonder this psalm begins, “Praise the LORD!” and called on Israel to praise Him “now and forevermore.”
  2. The cause for praise "Who is like the LORD our God?” (vv. 4-9).  No wonder God is praised. The God of Israel, who is exalted over all nations and whose glory is above the heavens, stooped down to “lift the needy from the ash heap” and seat “them with princes.” We Christians too have a Passover to celebrate. God in Christ became a man, and humbled Himself to accept death, that we whom faith marks with His blood might be lifted up beyond princes, to stand before the very throne of God. Praise Him indeed!
“He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap” (v. 7). God exalts the humble and humbles the proud. Jesus said “So the last will be first and the first last” (Matt. 20:16).

Application

God’s work began in poverty or humble beginnings and His leaders often come from among social outcasts. I need to demonstrate by my actions and express with my mouth that all people are valuable and useful in God’s eyes.

Psalms 113:1-9 (English Standard Version)


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