“Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?” (Psalm 113:5-6).
Psalm 113 is a call to worship. It calls individual saints and the entire saintly community to worship God Most High. By the way, if you are a follower of Christ, you are a saint (Eph. 1:1 – ‘holy people’ equals ‘saints’).
To worship means we look up. That is why cathedrals are built so high. That is why looking up at a wall singing projected words is more helpful to worship than looking down at a hymnal.
To worship means we look up. God is always pictured as being above the earth. This is not meant to be a spatial reference but one of importance and power and wisdom. God is way more than we mere humans.
It may not be politically correct to refer to ourselves as ‘mere humans’ but if we are going to be followers of Christ than we will need to deal with this: compared to God, I am a mere human.
To worship means we look up. It is to be in awe of God. That’s why in the Bible stories, when people look up and see God they end up flat on their faces in the dust. God is too much for us mere humans.
The opening verses of Psalm 113 call us to look up and see this God. When we see Him, there is only one thing to do: worship.
To worship means we look up. When we look up, we discover God looking down; no, he is doing much more than looking down, he is stooping down. He is searching for those in need.
This is not meant to read that every needy person will be lifted up. But that this is the kind of God he is and the kind of thing he does. And in the end, all who look to him will be lifted up (Eph. 2:6).
Those who are in places of power (many reading this meditation) had better watch out when God looks down. He will be assessing how we have used our privilege and power and possessions.
Looking up and paying attention to who God is, is the motivation for our worship.
We are to worship him everywhere and all the time. Here is a difficult word to us in our days of grief. Grief causes us to look down, wrapping itself around us so we see nothing else.
But that is why this is a communal psalm. As we enter into the worshipping community, God somehow cuts the cords of our grief, causing us to look up and see him reaching down to us.
“Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high…” There is only one answer! Therefore, we worship Him.
Your Friend & God’s Friend,