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" הלל 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.
Psalm 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.