Saturday, June 8, 2013

Psalm 113

This Psalm forms part of the “Egyptian Hallel”. This is one of the psalms that is said before the Passover meal – and in Christian tradition is one of the Easter Psalms. “Hallel" is a Hebrew word that means "praise" – so when we say “God be praised”,  it is a translation of Hallelujah.  Use this as a praise Psalm for today – if possible read it with another person, and use the verse as a responsive reading.  

Psa 113:1  Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD;
praise the name of the LORD.

Psa 113:2  Blessed be the name of the LORD

from this time on and forevermore.

Psa 113:3  From the rising of the sun to its setting

the name of the LORD is to be praised.

Psa 113:4  The LORD is high above all nations,

and his glory above the heavens.

Psa 113:5  Who is like the LORD our God,

who is seated on high,

Psa 113:6  who looks far down

on the heavens and the earth?

Psa 113:7  He raises the poor from the dust,

and lifts the needy from the ash heap,

Psa 113:8  to make them sit with princes,

with the princes of his people.

Psa 113:9  He gives the barren woman a home,

making her the joyous mother of children.

ALL: Praise the LORD!


Second Sunday after Trinity
32 God’s Gracious  Love
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 202.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.


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