Psalm 113: Honor for the Lowly

What are the best ways to make God’s greatness known? What would be the worst thing to do?

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Psalm 113:1 Praise the Lord. All who serve the Lord, make his greatness known.
King James
Psalm 113:1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.

What makes God’s reputation wonderful? How is a reputation perpetuated?

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Psalm 113:2 His reputation is wonderful now and will continue to be spectacular forever.
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Psalm 113:2 Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

Is there ever a situation in which God does not deserve praise? Why?

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Psalm 113:3 From the first light at dawn until the sun disappears in the west, the Lord deserves our praise.
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Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.

What can we do for a better perception of God’s splendor?

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Psalm 113:4 The Lord is far above all people, and his splendor stretches far beyond the sky.
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Psalm 113:4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

How can we comprehend a God we cannot see?

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Psalm 113:5–6 Can anyone compare to our Lord God, who rules from Heaven, who must bend over to see the sky and the earth below?
John 14:9 Philip! Have I been with you so long and you still do not recognize who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. So why do you ask me to show him to you?
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Psalm 113:5–6 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

What motivates God to lift people up from the dump?

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Psalm 113:7–8 He lifts the lowly up from the mud and rescues the needy from the city dump so he can seat them with honor among the nobility.
1 Corinthians 1:27–29 God uses what the world regards as foolishness to embarrass those who think they are so smart. Through our weaknesses, he will do mighty things that confound those who hold positions of power. Using the insignificant and the trivial, what the world thinks amounts to nothing, God will show that the world’s evidence of success actually amounts to nothing, allowing people no right to boast of their own greatness.
Hebrews 11:6 Unless we believe in God and the rewards that follow, we’ll neither approach him nor seek to please him.
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Psalm 113:7–8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
1 Corinthians 1:27–29 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

How important are talents and training to fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives?

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Psalm 113:7–8 He lifts the lowly up from the mud and rescues the needy from the city dump so he can seat them with honor among the nobility.
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Psalm 113:7–8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.

Why doesn’t God give mothering only to capable women who want children?

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Psalm 113:9 He gives barren women the joy of mothering children and keeping house.
Praise the Lord.
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Psalm 113:9 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.