Submitted by Pam Burton
Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who STOOPS down to look on the heavens and the earth?
Psalm 113 is part of a collection of Psalms in what is known as the Hallel (from which we get the word Hallelujah) that the Israelites sang during various yearly festivals.
Psalm 113 proclaims that God is worthy of our worship. Although He is enthroned in the highest place, He is concerned for His creation - His people-on Earth.
The word stoop has the imagery of one of greater height bending low to meet the face of one of lesser height (such as an adult bending down to speak face to face with a small child). The greater one humbles himself in the posture of stooping to get down to the smaller person’s level in order to communicate face-to-face.
Christ humbled Himself and is forever exalted. Christ took on human flesh (we called this the Incarnation; Emmanuel God with us). (See Matthew 1:23.) He dwelt among us (John 1:14) and He is highly exalted (Philippians 2:9). He remembered us in our low estate. Psalm 136:23 “Who remembered us in our low estate, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Christ came face-to-face with sinners whom He loved. Jesus was mocked for being called a Friend of sinners (Matthew 9:10-13). Jesus, as a Servant, stooped down and forgave sinners of their sin.
In Psalm 113:1-4 it tells us to praise and bless the name of the Lord now, all day long, and forever; in a continuous loop of praise.
Our praise is to go forth from us to the Lord without end. What better time to recognize that we should praise the Lord than during this season of Thanksgiving and Christmas (our yearly festivals).
Speaking of continuous loops, I recently tried to teach my granddaughters how to sing a round. A round, by definition, is also called a perpetual canon or infinite canon and may continue repeating indefinitely.
Here is an example of four Christian songs sung in a round:
At Thanksgiving, we can thank the Lord for His indescribable gift. Second Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” At Christmas, we can thank the Lord for sending Jesus as our Savior. Isaiah 9:6 “For a child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Let us praise and thank the Lord (in a continuous loop) that He stooped down to us in His love!