Study Guide – Psalm 113


Psalm113
1 Praise the Lord.*

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
    praise the name of the Lord.


Take some time, right now, in whatever way you choose, to praise God:


2 Let the name of the Lord be praised,
    both now and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
    the name of the Lord is to be praised.


Some simple questions:

        When should the name of the Lord be praised?


        Where should the name of the Lord be praised?


        What is the name of the Lord and why is it praiseworthy?


4 The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
    his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
    the One who sits enthroned on high,
6 who stoops down to look
    on the heavens and the earth?


Verses 4-6 represent one multi-leveled rhetorical thought. Take a moment to connect each phrase with verses 2-3.


7 He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8 he seats them with princes,
    with the princes of his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
    as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.* NIV


What do you learn about God's heart in verses 7-9?


Considering each line in these verses, can you remember some examples from Scripture that prove these to be true?


This may sound like an silly question at first, but dig deep here… What do you learn about God's personality in these verses?


Notice that this psalm ends exactly as it begins. What does that tell you about the point of this psalm? 🙂


:::: Final Exercise :::::

Read this psalm backwards line by line to gain a fresh perspective on praising the Lord.


* "Praise the Lord" = Hebrew Hallelu Yah

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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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