PSALM 113#A hymn exhorting the congregation to praise God’s name, i.e., the way in which God is present in the world; the name is mentioned three times in Ps 113:1–3. The divine name is especially honored in the Temple (Ps 113:1) but its recognition is not limited by time (Ps 113:2) and space (Ps 113:3), for God is everywhere active (Ps 113:4–5) especially in rescuing the lowly faithful (Ps 113:7–9).
Praise of God’s Care for the Poor
Praise, you servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord.#a. [113:1] Ps 135:1.
2Blessed be the name of the Lord
both now and forever.
3From the rising of the sun to its setting#b. [113:3] Mal 1:11.
let the name of the Lord be praised.
4High above all nations is the Lord;
above the heavens his glory.#c. [113:4] Ps 148:13.
5Who is like the Lord our God,
enthroned on high,
6#d. [113:6] Ps 89:7–9.looking down on heaven and earth?
7He raises the needy from the dust,
lifts the poor from the ash heap,#e. [113:7] Ps 107:41; 1 Sm 2:7–8.
8Seats them with princes,
the princes of the people,
9Gives the childless wife a home,
the joyful mother of children.#f. [113:9] 1 Sm 2:5; Is 54:1.