God’s surprising ways – Psalms 113

Surprise! - God\'s surprising ways - Psalms 113How I would love to be able to hear how these Psalms sounded in music. I always imagine David leading his people in worship, singing these songs, all the children of Israel sitting around the projector screen watching powerpoint slides with the lyrics of his newest creation, as David plays his new Taylor acoustic guitar and sings.

Seriously, it’s fun for me to imagine these lyrics in a song. Of course, the structure of the prose seems to be akward to fit into today’s styles of music. Yet, I know David knew the power of music and praise together.

As I read Psalm 113 today, it struck me how God surprises people. Seems like He always is answering prayers in ways we would never have dreamed. He’s always doing things opposite of the ways we’d do things if we were god. Look at Psalm 113:

1 Praise the Lord. Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
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.
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?
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 their people.
9 He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.

In our society, we tend to raise up the successful and wealthy. In verse 7, David sings about how God raises the poor from the dust and the needy from the ash heap.

I guess that’s one of the reasons I love God so much. Not having been very wealthy or particularly successful, consistent, dedicated or courageous, I know God loves me enough to pursue me – to teach me and encourage me and transform me into His image.

Lord, all I want is You. I want to be more like You. I want others to see You in me. Use me, Lord.

grace & peace,
e

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