Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!
The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord! Psalm 113 ESV
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. I Peter 2:9-10 ESV
There was once a poor miller who had three sons. When he died, the first son inherited the mill, and the second son was given the mules. Both of these sons could make a living out of their inheritance. But all that was left for the third son was a cat. The third son felt sad and hopeless, because he had become very poor. But the cat was a special cat. He could talk, and he was very clever. He made gifts to the king of the country that he said were from the Marquis of Carabas. Then when the king and his daughter went for a drive he tricked them into thinking the miller’s son was the rich Marquis of Carabas. Finally, the cat tricked an ogre who owned a castle and the surrounding land to turn himself into a mouse, and he ate the mouse. So the miller’s son got the castle and the land, and married the princess. They lived happily ever after.
This story is a little bit like what God does for his people. Psalm 113 talks about how God is high above the sky, but looks down on the earth. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. Not only does God help needy and hopeless people, but he even makes them sit with princes. One example of the way God is good to his people is the way he gives a happy home and children to a sad woman who doesn’t have any family. What God does for his people is better than any fairy tale that ends with a happy ever after. Psalm 113 is full of praises for our good God. It says that the Lord should be praised all day, from the time the sun rises to the time it sets.
Perhaps you are not poor and needy. You might have a loving family and a good home to live in and plenty of food to eat. These are all gifts from God. But in one way we are all very poor and hopeless. We are sinners, and our sin separates us from God’s love. The Bible says that once we were no people, but now we are God’s people. God sent Jesus to die on the cross for us so that our sins could be forgiven. God has shown us his mercy and called us his people. He even calls us royal people. We will inherit the kingdom that Jesus has prepared for us, and live happily with him forever!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us when we were needy and hopeless without you, and for saving us through Jesus. In His Name, Amen.