- These words fall near the end of a long psalm praising God for who he is and what he does. Secular thinkers deny God’s very existence, yet the psalmist claimed a relationship with God that was vivid and intimate. How do you express yourself when people around you reject the existence of God and scorn the ideas of faith and worship?
- The word here translated as precious can also be translated as weighty or costly or highly esteemed. If this is the way you view God’s thoughts, how do you view his guidance and instruction?
- The psalmist testifies in the first words of the psalm, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!” When you consider all the things God sees if he searches and knows you, how do you feel?
- The psalmist says that there is no escaping God—God is in the highest place, the lowest place, the most hidden place. Why is it good to know that God is everywhere?
- The psalmist asserts that distance cannot separate you from God nor can darkness hide you from God. Even if you live in a fog of secular obfuscation of truth, God can still find you. How would you explain your confidence to someone who accuses you of praying to an imaginary friend?
- The psalmist felt that people who rejected God did so from malicious intent. He called them enemies. How do you feel about secular thinkers among your acquaintances? What does Jesus teach us to do about our enemies?
- When Jesus was dying on the cross, for whom did he pray “Father, forgive them?”
From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3
- Think about the relationship of the earth to the sun. When is the right time to praise the Lord? What conditions preclude praising the Lord?
Read the verses which precede today’s verse:
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord.
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore. Psalm 113:1-2
- Think about the word “praise.” Give praise to the Lord right now. Do you do this often? Daily? Notice the phrase “now and forevermore.” When will we stop praising the Lord?
- Think about the way this psalm transcends the limits of time and space, giving us a view into the realm of eternity and infinity.
4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth? Psalm 113:4-6
- What name for God encompasses the description of God in this psalm? At what high level does God live? We read that he stoops down to look at even the heavens. What do you suppose motivates God to do that?
- God may look at time and space, but he is not limited by it. What does this psalm say about our integration into God’s eternal view of things?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
with the princes of their people.
9 He settles the barren woman in her home
as a happy mother of children. Psalm 113:7-9
- What is God’s view of poor people? If this psalm speaks truth about God, is a poor person a victim? If he is not a victim, then what is he in God’s eyes?
- What is God’s perception of the value of children? How can someone value children and not value unborn children? If a woman is barren and has no children of her own, what does this psalm suggest as a blessing to her?