The Majesty and Condescension of God

1 Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the name of the LORD!
2 Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down
The LORD’s name is to be praised.

  • I will praise You, Lord. You are my Master and I am Your servant. I will praise You and Your name for You are great and so is Your name.
  • I will bless Your name with my mouth and my actions both now and forevermore.
  • I will praise You in the morning and in the evening, and often in between.
  • Your name is to be praised!

4 The LORD is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God,
Who dwells on high,
6 Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

  • You are high above the earth, transcendent in Your splendor.
  • You are not dirtied by the sinfulness of men.
  • You dwell in the heavens, and there is no one like You, O LORD.
  • Your greatness surpasses all others and You are holy and high.
  • How can I even pray to You or make my requests known to You?
  • You graciously look upon us and hear our prayers. You recognize us in our pitiful existence and have mercy on us.
  • Thank You, O LORD, for caring for us.

7 He raises the poor out of the dust,
And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
8 That He may seat him with princes—
With the princes of His people.
9 He grants the barren woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children.

Praise the LORD!

  • You pick us up out of our sorrow and wretchedness.
  • You pull our face up from the dust, and rescue us from the ash heap in our poverty.
  • You seat us with dignitaries and officials, even when we are not worthy.
  • You give the woman unable to have children a home of love and warmth.
  • You put children into her life as if she had her own.
  • You give us what we cannot find on our own, and You make us joyful in the process.
  • Your love and care is undeserved, yet You offer it to us gladly and willingly.
  • Thank You, O God!

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