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Who Is like the Lord Our God?

1Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!

2Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
3From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!

4The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
5Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
7He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!


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Ps 113:1-9. God's majesty contrasted with His condescension and gracious dealings towards the humble furnish matter and a call for praise. The Jews, it is said, used this and Psalms 114-118 on their great festivals, and called them the Greater Hallel, or Hymn.

1-3. Earnestness and zeal are denoted by the emphatic repetitions.

servants of the Lord—or, all the people of God.

name of the Lord—perfections (Ps 5:11; 111:9).

3. From the rising, &c.—all the world.

4-6. God's exaltation enhances His condescension;

7, 8. which condescension is illustrated as often in raising the worthy poor and needy to honor (compare 1Sa 2:8; Ps 44:25).

9. On this special case, compare 1Sa 2:21. Barrenness was regarded as a disgrace, and is a type of a deserted Church (Isa 54:1).

the barren woman … house—literally, "the barren of the house," so that the supplied words may be omitted.




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