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Psalm 113: The Commencement of the Hallel

by | Jun 18, 2024

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An attentive reader of the Book of Psalms will observe that every one of them points, in some way, to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Many, if not most, of them were originally penned as a result of specific circumstances during the life of their royal author; but they are not only descriptive of the situations and sufferings of King David, for they are also predictive of our Savior – Who was represented by David, from whom He descended according to the flesh. But this Psalm appears to be entirely written with the good news of the Gospel in mind! It begins with an exhortation to all true servants and zealous worshipers of God, calling them to “praise his name” at all times and in all places – “from this time forth and for evermore,” and “from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.” And the grounds of this praise and adoration are set forth in the following verses; the first is the glorious majesty of His Divine nature, and the second is the singular goodness of that nature as it is displayed to us in His works of Providence – particularly by exalting those who are abased, and by His making the barren to become fruitful. His lifting the poor out of the mire, and His making the childless woman to become fruitful, may seem to us to be an odd mixture of ideas. But a right understanding of the prophetic language will solve the difficulty; it will teach us that both of the expressions are, in fact, very nearly related, and signify much the same thing. Here in this Psalm, “the poor” means those who are destitute of all heavenly knowledge (which is the only true and real riches), and who are sunken in the mire and filth of sin. And as for the Lord’s making “the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children” – that is a prophetic metaphor or allusion to the fruitfulness of the Church in bringing forth sons and daughters who profess faith in the Lord Jesus. Here, therefore, the advancement and growth of the Christian faith throughout the whole earth is foretold – from East to West, or “from the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same!”

But let us not close our study of this Psalm without taking a moment to reflect upon our spiritual privileges, which are here shown to be of the highest order! “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,” says the Psalmist, “and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people” (verses 7-8). Truly, “among princes” is the place of select society! “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” Speaking of select society, there is none like this! “We are a chosen generation, a peculiar people, a royal priesthood.” We are part of “the general assembly and church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.” Believers have courtly audience before His heavenly throne, for princes have admittance to royalty when common people must stand afar off. The child of God has free access to the inner courts of heaven! “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” “Let us come boldly,” encourages the Apostle, “to the throne of the heavenly grace!” But that is not all; for among princes, there is generally abundant wealth – but what is the abundance of princes compared with the riches of believers? For “all things are yours, and ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s!” “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Moreover, princes have peculiar power; and similarly, princes and princesses of heaven’s empire also have great influence. They wield scepters in Christ’s own domain, and they sit upon Jesus’ throne; for “he hath made us kings and priests unto God, and we shall reign for ever and ever!” We reign over the united kingdom of time and eternity. Princes also enjoy special honor. We may look down upon all earth-born dignity from the eminence upon which Divine grace has placed us, for what is human grandeur in comparison with this: “he hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus”? We share the honor of Christ; and compared with this, earthly splendors are not worth even a thought. Communion with Jesus is a richer gem than any which ever glittered in an imperial diadem. Union with the Lord is a coronet of beauty which outshines all the blaze of imperial pomp. Certainly, then, in light of all these privileges that we enjoy as the Lord’s princes and princesses, it is only fitting that we should not hesitate to follow the injunction in the closing verse of this blessed Psalm: “Praise ye the Lord!”

Thank You, dearest Lord Jesus, for all the privileges and blessings that we enjoy as Your special princes and princesses – especially the priceless gem of communion with Yourself, at any time and at all times! Amen.

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