1 Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, you his servants;
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 his people.
9 He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.
Praise the LORD.
I love this psalm. I’ve used it in devotions more times than I can recount.
It is a psalm of thanksgiving and praise.
It is a psalm of recognition of God’s involvement with His children.
It is a psalm of hopes fulfilled.
And it has a happy ending!
(I LOVE happy endings!)
Last night I babysat for my niece and her husband. They are foster parents and have two children in their care right now. Two children- beautiful and loving- gifts from God. One is nearly theirs- for good, by law- the other has not been placed- still in limbo -gifts from God.
Praying over and with these children awakened in me a desire to keep and protect BOTH of them. I am amazed at the love poured upon these children by these parents. The foster parents, also -gifts from God.
God is looking into the situation- stooping “down to look on the heavens and the earth” – giving gifts in both directions- to the parents- to the children.
And to me.
God is the Author of happy settled families.
Praise the LORD.
In the season of giving -gifts from God.