Psalm 112, 113, 114 and 115 … Consider Him Who is Enthroned on High, and yet… Humbles Himself

Who is like the Lord our God,
Who is enthroned on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?
(113:5-6).

Truly, who is like the Lord our God? He Is Enthroned on High and worthy of all glory and honor and praise. Each of today’s psalms begins with a glimpse of His glory and worth.

He is worthy to be praised.

Praise the Lord!
How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who greatly delights in His commandments,
(112:1).

He is worthy to be served.

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord,
(113:1).

He is worthy in His dominion.

When Israel went forth from Egypt,
The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
Judah became His sanctuary,
Israel, His dominion,
(114:1-2).

He alone is worthy to receive glory.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth,
(115:1).

He is Enthroned on High; worthy of praise, worthy to be served, worthy in His dominion, the only One worthy to receive glory, and yet… He Humbles Himself. He Humbles Himself to look down from His holy throne on high, to bless and show favor on His creation. And He doesn’t have to. It is not as though He needs anything, especially from the likes of us. Does it not stop you in your tracks, to think on the reality that Holy, Righteous, Perfect and Powerful Creator God cares so much that Humbles Himself to look down on us?

Today I am undone. And I needed to be. I never want to open His Word simply to look for something to consider, something to write about. I want to open the pages of His Holy Scriptures in order to see Someone, to consider Him and see Him increase so that I, and all my fears, worries and concerns, would decrease.

In all honestly, I once again wondered as I opened His Word, if my hopes of seeing a connection in these four psalms would be realized; and when I got to Psalm 113:5-6, my heart skipped a beat. There is so much to consider in each of these psalms, so many blessings in all that we receive because He does what He doesn’t have to do. He is Enthroned on High, and yet… He Humbles Himself to behold the things in heaven and earth, in order to shine His face upon us and bless His creation.

Who is like the Lord our God,
Who is enthroned on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in 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 makes the barren woman abide in the house
As a joyful mother of children.
Praise the Lord!
(1135-9:).

Tomorrow is December 1st, and the Christmas season is upon us. What better way to prepare our hearts to commemorate the Greatest Gift ever given than to consider Him Who is Enthroned on High, and yet… Humbled Himself to become the Baby Who came to save mankind from the penalty of sin; Who Humbled Himself to give His life as a ransom for many; Who continues to Humble Himself as He stoops down to love and care for us each and every day. May we truly be undone; like the writer of “How Great Thou Art,” that we “scarce can take it in,” as we consider Him Who is Enthroned on High, and yet… Humbles Himself.

“And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on a Cross, my burdens gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.”

Consider Him Who is Enthroned on High, and yet… Humbles Himself

Let us take time to reflect on the following Scriptures that distinctly portray Christ, Who is Enthroned on High, and yet… Humbled Himself… for us. There are several passages, but each and every one so worthy of our time, that we would be so undone that we scarce can take it in.

But I am a worm and not a man,
A reproach of men and despised by the people,
(Psalm 22:6).

I gave My back to those who strike Me,
And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;
I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting,
(Isaiah 50:6).

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth,
(Isaiah 53:4-7).

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation,
Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey,
(Zechariah 9:9).

Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15 But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness,” (Matthew 3:13-15).

“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many,” (Matthew 20:28).

And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart, (Luke 2:51).

And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head,” (Luke 9:58).

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me,” (John 6:38).

“I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep,” (John 10:14-15).

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded, (John 13:5).

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me,” (Romans 15:3).

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich, (2 Corinthians 8:9).

…Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross, (Philippians 2:5-8).

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin, (Hebrews 4:14-15).

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart, (Hebrews 12:2-4).

How do we respond to Who is Enthroned on High, and yet… Humbles Himself?

Today’s psalms offer much guidance in our response.

Let us Praise Him, Serve Him, Tremble in holy reverence, and Give Him all the Glory.

Praise the Lord!
How blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who greatly delights in His commandments.
(112:1).

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord.
(113:1).

Tremble, O earth, before the Lord,
Before the God of Jacob,
(114:7).

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
(115:1).

And there is something else very significant to consider in our response. Scripture draws the correlation between that which we worship with that which we ultimately become.

Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of man’s hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;
They have eyes, but they cannot see;
They have ears, but they cannot hear;
They have noses, but they cannot smell;
They have hands, but they cannot feel;
They have feet, but they cannot walk;
They cannot make a sound with their throat.
Those who make them will become like them,
Everyone who trusts in them,
(115:4-8).

Oh let us live in faith, and with all that we are let us give our lives to worship Him Who is Enthroned on High, and yet… Humbles Himself, that we would grow to become like Him, that we too would humble ourselves for the sake of others and for His glory.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect, (Romans 12:1-2).

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma, (Ephesians 5:1-2).

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5).

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth,
(115:1).

Let’s Grow Together!

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