The following psalm is the first of five psalms in a series known as the Hallel Psalms that were read or sung at during the major feasts of Israel:

Psalm 113

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 going down


Sunset over the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. תמר מרום Pikiwiki Israel [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

The Lord’s name is to be praised.

The Lord is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.

Who is like the Lord our God,
Who dwells on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

He raises the poor out of the dust,
And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
That He may seat him with princes—
With the princes of His people.
He grants the barren woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children.

Praise the Lord!


The psalm begins and ends with the imperative, “praise the Lord” (Heb. Hallelujah). The Lord is worthy of our praise because He is the sovereign God of creation, but also because He personally cares for us. Sunrise and sunset are perfect opportunities to not only reflect on the beauty of God’s creation, but to praise Him. Hallelujah, praise the Lord!

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture taken from the NKJV.