Who Is a God Like Ours?

Tim Brown

READ : Psalm 113

Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high . . . (v. 5)

Two things impress me about Psalm 113. The first is the exalted vision of God that it contains. The measure of God’s greatness is not seen merely in his enormity but even more by his sensitivity; he stoops to lift the poor from the dust and the needy from the ash heap. Still more, he makes the barren women the joyous mother of children. Almightiness is defined not just by strength but by tenderness. Is it any wonder the Apostles’ Creed enjoins us to say, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty . . .”?

Something else that impresses me about this psalm is the simple fact that we are still reading it. Actually Psalm 113 is the first of a series of six psalms, running through Psalm 118, known as the Hallel. These psalm-prayers were said at the Passover table for centuries before Jesus said them on that most important Passover of all, and since then for centuries afterward by his faithful followers. There is an important key here for us in confessing the greatness of God. We need not conjure up colossal images of our own; we simply need the simple practice of repeating the testimony of the psalms.

PRAYER

Almighty God, give us the patience to say what we believe and to believe what we say about you. Amen.