Sermon on April 2 by by Dr. Jonathan Bayes, UK Executive Director for Carey Outreach Ministries
Scripture: Psalm 113
This is a Psalm of praise, one of eight which starts and finishes with Praise the LORD!
The Hebrew word for ‘praise’ is halal, from which we get ‘Hallelujah’: it has to do with boasting.
Verses 1-3 teach  that praising is service;  that the LORD’s name is the reason for praise;  that God should be (and will be) praised always;  that God should be (and will be) praised everywhere.
The Psalm points us to two main reasons for praising the LORD
- His magnificent glory
1) God is above all nations – v. 4a
2) God is higher than the heavens – v.4b
3) God is beyond our imagination – vv.5-6
He is the Most High – nothing can exceed him. He has to humble himself to see what is in heaven, let alone what is on earth: the people at Babel overlooked this fact (Genesis 11:4-5).
Beware of having too small an idea of God: his greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:3); the highest heavens cannot contain him (1 Kings 8:27). He fills heaven and earth, he is near at hand, but is also afar off (Jeremiah 23:23-24).
2. His astonishing humility
1) Its expression
a. The glory of Christ’s divine person
He is greater than the temple (Matthew 12:6), greater than Jonah and Solomon (Matthew 12:41-42), greater than Jacob (John 4:12), greater than Abraham (John 8:53).
He is great because he is the Son of the highest (Luke 1:32). He is our great God and Saviour (Titus 2:13).
b. The humility of Christ’s incarnation
– He humbled himself to the death of the cross (Philippians 2:8)
2) Its purpose
a. To make the poor his princes
i. Life on the ash heap
ii. From the dump to the throne (Ephesians 2:6)
b. To make the barren joyful
At the Last Supper Jesus sang this Psalm (Mark 14:26), and went on to fulfil it.
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