Who Is Like The Lord Our God? Praise be to Him Forevermore–Psalm 113:1-6
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the Name of the Lord.
2 Let the Name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the Name of the Lord is to be praised.
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?
A great question is posed in this psalm: Who is like the Lord our God? (v 5) Think about this for a moment. Who is like Him? A human being certainly can’t be. We have no more power over our fate than that of an insect. We, too, like all other creation are dependent on something bigger than ourselves. What about other “gods”? What have they done? What miracles? (see 1 Kings 18) – Where are their saints to testify to the glory and love of their created god? And what about environmental creation itself? That too can not sustain itself without perfect, unexplainable order (study the sun and the solar system for only a moment and you’ll quickly identify the great and unsolvable mysteries). So then, Who is like our Lord? Who is like the One Who sits enthroned on high, stooping down to examine all of Heaven and earth?
The psalmist knew the answer. There is no one else like our Lord. He alone is exalted over all the nations; His glory set high above the Heavens (v 4). Because of this fact and because of their eyewitness testimony (including that of His very presence), our faithful forefathers made it routine to praise, worship and honor Him. And they were wise to do so. All throughout Scripture we read encounters of praise and worship bringing forth miraculous deliverances and divine graces here on earth. There are innumerable accounts of divine intervention throughout all of human history.
So perhaps another important question today is: Why aren’t we praising the Lord like our forbearers did? Why aren’t we putting God first place in our lives and above all else? Why is the world slipping away from Him? Every person’s walk with the Lord is different – different stages, different maturity levels, different priority lists. But one aspect of the faith forever remains the same: God wants all of us. Every single one of us. And He wants to show up in a mighty way. But just as with the psalmists of old, He will wait on us. He will wait for us to turn to Him (and Him alone) and to trust Him with every area of our lives – not just a few.
There is no one like our God – your Heavenly Father Who looks on you from His majestic court, longing to spend eternity with you. No matter where you are or what you’re going through today, take a moment to praise Him. Tell Him how grateful you for the gift of faith; for His love and for His unending patience with you. As you spend more time with Him in worship, praise and prayer, surrendering your ways for His, prepare to have Him show up in such an overwhelming way that you, like the psalmist, will shout from the hilltops: Who is like our Lord indeed!
[Read and meditate on this psalm today. Let us know how it speaks to you in the comment section below.]