1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.
3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord‘s name is to be praised.
We talked about this before but I really can’t say it enough. There is never a time that we should not be praising the Lord. The psalmist expresses that the best in these first three verses. First he says we should praise or bless the Lord three times in a verse and a half and then he says to praise Him from this time forth and forevermore. That really doesn’t leave any room for discretion of when we will praise the Lord. It matters not what we’re going through, or what we’ve been through or what circumstances are in our lives right now. We need to praise the Lord.
And the next verse says that from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised. Now you might say”Well that I don’t have to praise the Lord when it’s dark”. Well if you manage to praise the Lord every second from the time the sun comes up until the time the sun goes down then He would probably excuse you for not praising Him at night. But I think if you’re falling into the habit to praise Him all day you’d praise Him at night too. The psalmist wasn’t intentionally leaving out the night. In those days lot of times they went to bed when the sun went down and they arose when the sun came up. So this covered the waking hours of the day and that’s really all that mattered to the writer.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,
6 Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
The fact of the matter is that He is above all things. His glory is above the heavens. I look out and I see the stars and I am absolutely overwhelmed by the beauty of the stars. Now if you live in the inner city I challenge you to take an evening and get as far away from the city as you can in the darkest place you can think of. And then pull over to the side of the road and turn off the headlights of your car and look up to the heavens and really see the stars. If you’re never done this you’ll be in for a treat because when you get out there where it’s really dark you will see two, three, four times as many stars as you never see in the city. His glory is higher than those Stars
But at the same time this wonderful high and mighty glorious God that we praise also humbled Himself to look after us. He is so mighty He doesn’t have to do anything with us if He doesn’t want to. Yet He will come down and dry your tears. He will heal your disease. He will provide financially for you. He will deliver you from things that are bothering you. He will comfort you in the difficult times in life. I could go on and on but you get the idea. He humbles himself to minister to us. And in the ultimate act of humility He became flesh and dwelt among us and He gave up his life on the cross to deliver us from our sins. What a magnificent God we serve
7 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
8 That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.
Once again we see him ministering to the poor and the needy. Not only does he humble himself for those of us who are everyday run-of-the-mill people, but He really looks after the poor and the needy. They are His heart. We need to make them our heart to. If we really have the mind of Christ we will look after those that are less fortunate than us. What is it Philippians 2:3 says – Let each esteem others better than themselves. Jesus told us to love our neighbor as our self. Our neighbor includes the poor and the needy. The writer here says God will set him with princes. Each person is just as important to God – He is no respecter of persons.
In Israel a barren woman was thought to be cursed by God. It was one of the worst things that could happen to a woman. She would be an outcast. But here we see tat God makes a barren woman to keep house and to be a joyful mother of children. You see it is God who puts a baby in the womb. Oh, we have scientific reasons behind it – a seed fertilizes an egg. But God gives life. Man has not yet figured out how to create life in any form. Once you have baby conceived, God takes special note of that child because God has placed in there. That is why Christians should always be against abortion. That little one in that womb is in the same classification as the poor and the needy. God loves them just as much as He loves you and God knows their potential. How can we take that life away?