Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Preaching Series on Psalms
Psalm 113:1-9 Commentary
by Rolf Jacobson
[This is Week 2 of a 6-week preaching series on Psalms.]
Preaching text: Psalm 113; accompanying text: Luke 15:8-10
Orientation, Part 2: God Stoops Down
Psalm 113 is a classic hymn of praise -- perhaps we can consider it the class hymn of praise -- perfectly embodying the form of a praise psalm: opening call to praise, reasons for praise, closing call to praise. It begins with a triune call to praise, which names the object of praise.
The opening call to praise 1) names whom to praise (the Lord); 2) who is to do the praising (the servants of the Lord); and again, more specifically how to address our praise (to the name of the Lord).
One important aspect here is the connection between praise and being servants of the Lord. Praise is one of the ways that we can become servants of the Lord. In the very act of praising God, we become God’s own people. And the name of the Lord -- YHWH -- is how we address our praise. This is not generic feeling good or telling an unhearing, impersonal universe that we are grateful ...
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