Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
Psalm 113:1 Praise (Heb. Hallelujah) the Lord! (Yah)
Praise, O servants of the Lord (Yehovah),
Praise the name of the Lord (Yehovah),
- Yehovah means “the existing One”, the name God revealed to Moses. “I was, I AM, I always will be.” Also spelled “iehouah
- Exodus 3:14
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
- The Hebrew name of God written in four letters as YHWH or JHVH, (Hebrew letters: yod, he, vav, and he) and articulated as Yahweh or Jehovah. The four letters of the “Tetragrammaton” form the root meaning “to be,” and some have understood the original meaning to be “He-Who-Is,” or “He who brings being into being.”
- It is spelled with four Hebrew letters: (In Hebrew, each letter has a meaning and a name). These four letters read ”Behold! Nail! Behold! Hand!”
- Reading Left to Right (Hebrew is Right to Left) ANCIENT HEBREW :
- Hand (yod=Y/J)Behold! (hey=H)Nail (vav=V)Behold! (hey=H)
- Below Yehovah is written is modern letters:
- Jesus is a Greek translation of the Hebrew name “Yeshua” meaning “Salvation”.
- Jesus Yeshua-Yehovah was in the beginning with God and was God. John 1:1
- Psalm 83:17-18 “Let them be confounded and troubled forever; yes, let them be put to shame and perish, that they may know that you, which are called Yehovah, art alone, the most High over all the earth.
Psalm 113:2 Blessed be the name of the Lord (Yehovah),
From this time forth and forevermore!
- We cannot praise the Lord forevermore unless we live forevermore.
Psalm 113:3 From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord’s (Yehovah’s), name is to be praised.
- The “Son” always rises. The Son went down to Sheol. The Son rose from Sheol.
- From the rising of the Son, to His going down to Sheol, Yehovah’s name is to be praised.
Psalm 113:4 The Lord (Yehovah), is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
- Above the heavens
- The glory of the LORD is above the heavens. He is in the highest of heavens because He created the heavens and He is above them.
- Above the nations: To Jesus will be given the rule over all nations.
- Psalm 2:8 Ask of Me (the Father), and I will give You (Jesus) the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.
- Revelation 12:5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
Psalm 113:5 Who is like the Lord (Yehovah), our God (‘elohiym),
- Who is like THE one and only God who sacrifices Himself for His creation? Not one in all the “religions” of the world.
Who dwells on high,
- The Hebrew word for “on high” has two opposing connotations: to be “lifted up” in honor or to be “lifted up” in pride. Jesus is “lifted up” in honor. (Scripture describes Satan as being “lifted – puffed up” in pride.)
- Ruwm Strongs H7311 Lifted up
- Furthermore; Jesus was literally “lifted up” on the cross. He was buried but He never saw decay or corruption. He never became “wormy”. Afterwards He sat at the Right Hand Side of the Father being “lifted up” in exaltation.
- Psalm 16:10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
- God exalts but Sin puffs up.
- Isaiah 44:6 ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.
- Note: Jesus is the First and the Last: furthermore; He is God; furthermore, as the second part of the Godhead, without Him, THERE IS NO GOD.
- There are not many ways to heaven. Jesus, as God, is the First and the Last in every way. He was in the beginning of creation. He will be here when everything is fulfilled. He is eternal before the beginning. He is eternal after the end.
- The Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
- Rev 1:7-8 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
- Revelation 1:11a saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,”
- Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
- Revelation 2:8 [The Persecuted Church] “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:
- Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
Psalm 113:6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
- Note: The LORD our God humbled Himself and became a man to behold the heavens and the earth which He made.
- Note: To be humble is the opposite of pride. Pride produces death and death produces worms.
- Note: The LORD our God humbled Himself and became a man.
- First, Jesus created the heavens and the earth, then he lived in them.
Psalm 113:7 He raises the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
- Needy people hurt and unfortunately, since the fall of man, not one escape neediness, being separated from God who alone provides wholeness. See Topic: Dignity (unfinished)
- He restores the dignity of a fallen man.
- Shepherds were outcasts. Jesus identifies Himself with the shepherds, saying “I am the good shepherd”. It was to the shepherds the birth of Jesus was announced. David was a shepherd before he was chosen by God to be king of Israel. The Jewish tribes were shepherds in Egypt, in Goshen.
Psalm 113:8 That He may seat him with princes—with the princes of His people.
- He gives the humblest of men a place with the highest of men: with dignity, honor, and respect.
Psalm 113:9 He grants the barren (childless) woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children.
Praise the Lord (yâ)!
- a) Sarah was barren, the mother of a son: Isaac.
b) Manoah’s wife was barren, the mother of a son: Samson.
c) Hannah was barren, the mother of a son: Samuel.
d) Rebekah was barren, the mother of two sons, twins: Jacob and Esau.
e) Rachel was barren, the mother of two sons: Joseph and Benjamin.
f) Elizabeth was barren: the mother of John the Baptist.
Each women is NAMED in scripture in a culture where women are NOT named.
- “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” each one had a wife who was barren. God blessed them and made them as numerous as the dust of the earth.
- Isaiah 54:1 “Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
- Symbolically, anything can be barren if it does not bear fruit to God, even as the fig tree that Jesus cursed.
- The archaic meaning of the word “Love” is to bear fruit: To bear fruit is to be useful. To be barren is to be useless. “Ahab” Strong’s H157 Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon