Daily Devotional Friday 26th January 2024

by William Moody

Psalms 112–113

The Righteous Will Never Be Moved

112:1   1 Praise the LORD!
  Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
  His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
  Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
  Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
  It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
  For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
  He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
  His heart is steady;2 he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
  He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever;
    his horn is exalted in honor.
10   The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!

Who Is like the Lord Our God?

113:1   Praise the LORD!
  Praise, O servants of the LORD,
    praise the name of the LORD!
  Blessed be the name of the LORD
    from this time forth and forevermore!
  From the rising of the sun to its setting,
    the name of the LORD is to be praised!
  The LORD is high above all nations,
    and his glory above the heavens!
  Who is like the LORD our God,
    who is seated on high,
  who looks far down
    on the heavens and the earth?
  He raises the poor from the dust
    and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
  to make them sit with princes,
    with the princes of his people.
  He gives the barren woman a home,
    making her the joyous mother of children.
  Praise the LORD!


[1] 112:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each line beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
[2] 112:8 Or established (compare 111:8)


Psalm 113 is a wonderful Psalm of praise to the Lord. Th Psalm begins by calling others to praise the Lord and to praise His Name (v1). The Lord’s name is about all the ways in how the Lord reveals Himself.

The praise of the Lord is to be no short-term thing but rather forevermore (v2) and is something his people should engage in through out each day (v3). We need to pray for a greater heart of praise to the Lord.

The Psalmist speaks of the exalted nature of the Lord (v4-6). There is always the danger of having too small a view of the Lord. Personally, I find looking up to the sky on a clear day or on a clear night and thinking how God is far above all this, this helps give a higher of the Lord.

The focus then turns to what the Lord does in raising people up even to sit with princes (v7-8). As I read this I think of Joseph who after being sold as slave, ended up being the second in command to the king in Egypt.

The mention of the barren woman (v9) can make us think of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah and Elizabeth. We have a great God who has and who does deal bountiful with those in need who look to Him.

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