4The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
5Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
6who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?
7He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
8he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the Lord.
Psalms 113 (in part)
This psalm is filled with God’s identity! There is so much going on in such a short Psalm. I could write for days and not begin to touch on the whole message! I encourage you, take a moment, go back and read the whole thing all over again but this time, read it as if you’re watching it in an IMAX movie theater. So go ahead….read it….I’ll wait!
Did you see the explosion of God’s creation in the scene! Look at verses 5 and 6….” The One who sits on the throne and stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth”. This writer just told us that God stoops down….stoops down to look at the heavens! Stoops down?! Where in heaven is He sitting?!!
Have you ever seen pictures or videos of the andromeda galaxy? It’s 2.5 million light years away from the earth. That means it would take us 2.5 million years to get there, traveling at the speed of light, which is 186,282 miles per second! This galaxy is 110,000 light years wide, has over a billion suns larger than our own, trillions of stars, and a mass that’s immeasurable! And God stooped down to look upon it and us!! My head exploded at the enormity of this visual! I sat back and watched that IMAX movie in my imagination and My soul was stricken with a deep sense of insignificance.
But then my feelings of insignificance dissolved into a surreal reality from the next verse, which states, “He raised the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap”.
Ok so let’s get this straight….this mighty, immeasurable, never ending, beyond what we could ever conceive, God, who personally created and placed these billions of galaxies where they are, which is well below where He dwells….. stoops down to take such notice of us….insignificant us, I might add, has this personal love for us, so much so He reaches down with a gentle, tender grasp to lift us up out of our destructive, tormenting life, and places us right next to His Son, Whom as you know, was murdered for us, to saves us from ourselves! My mind and intellect is too obscure and inept to understand such a mystery. All I can do is drop to the floor and say with a crackling broken voice, “Thank you”. And then, He’s not done! He proclaims in verse 9 that, “He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children”. Wait!…WHAT?!! Settles?!… I found several meanings of settles”. Check this out… settles meaning: “reaches an agreement”, “pays a debt”, “to make quiet”, “to fix or resolve”, or “to set in securely”. Obviously whoever these women were, they were persistent with their plea and prayer. They were driven by their faith to believe God could and would do something about their situation. So the next question was obvious. Who were these women? Again, check this out…it’s really exciting! Of course Abraham’s wife Sarah comes first in line, but then the lineage of barren women follows.
I don’t have the space to discuss the history of each. You’ll have to “google smoogle it” to connect all the dots. These women are as follows: Rebekah, Rachel, the unnamed wife of Manoah who is the mother of Samson, Hannah, Michal, and Elizabeth. All these great women were unable to conceive a child. They were completely barren. They all suffered the emotional, mental effects of their affliction.
In Middle Eastern culture of the day, a woman was considered as property of high value, like cattle, sheep, livestock that aided in the gain of wealth and producing heirs, (and remember, it wasn’t God who felt that way, it was our sinful nature). But if she was barren, she was considered lesser than livestock, a load of uselessness. (That’s a whole other story in itself. We’ll leave it for another time). But God had a plan for every one of them. They all were the line up to the birth to our Messiah, the Christ! God allowed their suffering to show His great mercy and love by using barren women to be the lineage of Jesus' blood line. Talk about messin with us! When He puts some of the pieces together for us to see like this, I think we miss His true identity. We mistakenly think we know Him fully. You gotta remember what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Whoomp there it is! That verse just nails the mystery of God to the core! WE DON’T HAVE A CLUE!! But what we do know is, He loves us all the way to the cross and we are His for all eternity.
So when you read this Psalm, look at the true meaning of its message. I think we’ve all mistaken His full identity. To me, it boils down to a simple message. God is way bigger than we can ever imagine and more merciful than we can ever comprehend. I don’t know about you, but this message makes me want to give up and give in because He’s never going to give up and let go. We are His….Period! Thank God and Amen for that!!