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Scripture Passage: 
Psalm 113:1-9

Introduction:  The Bible spends a great deal of time admonishing us to praise the Lord.  Psalms 33:1 says, “Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.”  Is your life a constant testimony and praise to the greatness of God or to the greatness of this world?  This Psalm wastes no time exalting the Lord to His rightful place, but what about you?  When will you exalt the Lord to His rightful place in your own heart and life?

  1. THE EMPHASIS ON PRAISE (Psalm 113:1)
    1. The Bookends of Praise (Psalm 113:1, 9)
    2. The Repetition of Praise – 5 times (Psalm 113:1, 3, 9)
    3. The Object of Praise
      1. LORD found 7 times
      2. LORD our God found 1 time
    4. The Meaning of Praise
      1. Connected to “price or value”
      2. The root of appraisal
      3. To praise the Lord is to declare His value or worth
  2. PRAISING THE LORD'S NAME (Psalm 113:2-3)
    1. The Importance of the Lord’s Name (Psalm 113:2)
      1. It is a revelation of His person (Exodus 33:12-13, 17-20 ; Exodus 34:5-8)
      2. It is forbidden to be taken in vain (Deuteronomy 5:11)
    2. The Frequency of Praising the Lord’s Name (Psalm 113:3)
      1. From the rising of the sun
      2. Unto the going down of the same
  3. PRAISING THE LORD'S PERSON (Psalm 113:4-6)
    1. The Lord’s Exaltation (Psalm 113:4)
      1. Above all nations (Psalm 113:4; Isaiah 40:17)
      2. Above all the earth (Psalm 97:9)
      3. Above all gods (Psalm 97:9)
      4. Above all people (Psalm 99:2)
    2. The Lord’s Glory (Psalm 113:4)
    3. The Lord’s Uniqueness (Psalm 113:5)
      1. Among created beings (Psalm 89:6)
      2. Among the gods (Exodus 15:11)
      3. Unable to be compared (Isaiah 40:18-23)
    4. The Lord’s Condescension (Psalm 113:6)
      1. He is the high and lofty One (Isaiah 57:15)
      2. He inhabits eternity
      3. He dwells in the high and holy place
  4. PRAISING THE LORD'S WORK (Psalm 113:7-9)
    1. The Lord’s Deliverance (Psalm 113:7-8)
      1. He raiseth the poor out of the dust
      2. He lifteth the needy out of the dunghill
      3. That He may set him with princes
    2. The Lord’s Blessings (Psalm 113:9)

Conclusion:  If the Lord were to measure His worth based upon your way of life and your level of praise, how would He measure up?  Actually the Lord is not dependant upon our praise in order to exist in His exalted place.  Yet the scriptures teach that it is comely for the upright to praise the Lord.  Will you praise Him today?

Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.