Daily D – Psalm 113

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Psalm 113
Hallelujah! 
Give praise, servants of the LORD;
 praise the name of the LORD. 
Let the name of the LORD be blessed 
both now and forever. 
From the rising of the sun to its setting, 
let the name of the LORD be praised. 

The LORD is exalted above all the nations, 
his glory above the heavens. 
Who is like the LORD our God — 
the one enthroned on high, 
who stoops down to look 
on the heavens and the earth? 
He raises the poor from the dust 
and lifts the needy from the trash heap 
in order to seat them with nobles — 
with the nobles of his people. 
He gives the childless woman a household, 
making her the joyful mother of children. 
Hallelujah! (CSB)

Hallelujah! 
You who serve GOD, praise GOD! 
Just to speak his name is praise! 
Just to remember GOD is a blessing— 
now and tomorrow and always. 
From east to west, from dawn to dusk, 
keep lifting all your praises to GOD! 

GOD is higher than anything and anyone, 
outshining everything you can see in the skies. 
Who can compare with GOD, our God, 
so majestically enthroned,
Surveying his magnificent 
heavens and earth? 
He picks up the poor from out of the dirt, 
rescues the forgotten who’ve been thrown out with the trash, 
Seats them among the honored guests, 
a place of honor among the brightest and best. 
He gives childless couples a family, 
gives them joy as the parents of children. 
Hallelujah! (MSG)

Yesterday was Sunday, the day when Christians the world over gathered to exalt God with praise and worship. Some gathered out of a sense of duty, others to fulfill a ritual, and still others to celebrate all God has done in their lives. Some gathered with their brothers and sisters seeking strength, longing for hope. 

Mondays are not known as gathering days for people of faith. (Insert your favorite Monday joke here.) Years ago, I heard that more people die of heart attacks on Mondays than on any other day of the week. No joke. Why so many tragedies on Monday? 

Perhaps some of those people at least did not recalibrate their attention and affection on Sunday. Maybe they didn’t sing, 

This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!

The church we attend offered the opportunity for us to sponsor orphans in a land literally half way around the world. We, as this psalm says, can make us something like family to children we will never meet. 

How could we not bless these little ones if we have the means? 

How could we not see the resources God provides as something more than grocery money and mortgage payments? 

How could we not see those dollars as gifts of hope and life?

Our Father in heaven makes so many good things possible. How could we not sing his praise even on Monday and give to others as he has given to us? 

God gives us the opportunity to join him in blessing the whole world with news of his grace and demonstrations of his goodness. How could we not praise him today and every day?

I will praise God and live in a manner than others may praise him as well.

Our Father, to know you is to praise you. You are better than good. Your love initiates every good thing and endures forever. Your mercies are abundant and never go stale. Your kindness is extravagant. I will sing Monday praise and follow it up all of my days. Amen. 

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