Tehillim / Psalms 113, ספר תהילים קיג, Part 2, The Lord Raises Us up to be Leaders


In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 113:1-9, Israel is said to be set apart as separate according to Parashat Balak in the prophecy of Bilam.  The Lord states something about Israel that distinguishes His people from the nations.  In a similar way, the Psalmist states that the Lord is high above all the nations, meaning that His glory is above even the heavens.  This is a description of His being unapproachable, His might, and His ultimate power over all of creation.  The psalm says, ו   הַמַּשְׁפִּילִי לִרְאוֹת בַּשָּׁמַיִם וּבָאָרֶץ:  113:6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth? (NASB)  The idea is that the Lord is above the heavens and the earth, and yet He humbles himself to seek out men on this earth, those who would seek Him and seeking to live in righteousness, justice, holiness, and truth.  The Psalm concludes saying, ז   מְקִימִי מֵעָפָר דָּל מֵאַשְׁפֹּת יָרִים אֶבְיוֹן: ח   לְהוֹשִׁיבִי עִם-נְדִיבִים עִם נְדִיבֵי עַמּוֹ: ט   מוֹשִׁיבִי | עֲקֶרֶת הַבַּיִת אֵם-הַבָּנִים שְֹמֵחָה הַלְלוּיָהּ: 113:7 He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap, 113:8 To make them sit with princes, With the princes of His people. 113:9 He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord! (NASB)  The Lord is able to do what seems impossible.  The psalmist uses the example of the poor the Lord raises up to sit as equals to princes in both wealth and in posterity.  It is true how the Lord is able to heal the hearts of even the most desperate of things, such as the woman who is unable to bear children.  The Lord works in the heart to bring joy even in the midst of sorrow. Read more here:  Tehillim 113-Part1-and-2

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