THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 46: Psalms 113: God Is Concerned For The Poor & The Oppressed
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: “There will be many sad days among those that have willfully with premeditation caused the oppression of the poor. Many go not unaccounted for as they hide behind closed doors that can only be closed by God. The covert ways of the bushwhackers of Truth reside in a paper paradise as principles and values float as a soiled white feather upon the dunghills of materialism.
Meanwhile there is no saving grace by simply being poor as oppression comes for many reasons but to most because of economic motives, one side rich one side poor and destitute. But the God of the Heavens the Universe, the Cosmos and the Earth sees not diamonds and pearls that come from His source. He sees the heart but no man can see the inner Spirit but his actions are pronounced. We heard what he said and we watch what he will and did do.”
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
It is for sure that the grace of God is Supreme. Thus we note here the forever condescending grace of God. We have 9 verses in this 113th Psalms. Our primary scripture is taken from verses 5-9 but we will also note verses 1-4 as we introduce this Psalms. However we suggest that you read and study this entire Psalms.
Beloved why is there such a great care and concern for the poor and those less fortunate? Who would serve a prejudiced God? Thus who would serve a God that had a mood of favoritism as to His blessings and mercy? Is the goodness of God found in His love and mercy for all, the poor and the rich the rich and the poor? Meanwhile the poor will always be with us. But will the rich always be with us? Are some people confused as to who is rich and who is poor?
“There was once a man who only counted up riches in material things. However, John counted riches in Spiritual things. As he grew in love and in the Word he was filled with joy not pride. This joy he counted up as diamonds and pearls. He could not eat love but it allowed him to share and the righteous shared with him. Also his Savior noted that he would always be provided for. He did not have caviar nor did he have a taste for it but he had good moist biscuits to sop good gravy that was flavored with the herbs God the Creator provided from the earth.”
As we introduce (verses 1-4) this 113th Psalms we see that the servants of the Lord wish to obey his laws. Surely this obedience will result in praise for the Lord. Blessed is to be happy. Those committed to God see happiness in His holy name. This happiness will endure forever. Meanwhile as we liveth daily we praise God for His goodness. His power and authority is high above all nations. It is above the Heavens because He is the Creator of them all.
Psalms 113: 5-9: “Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,”
The phrase “dwelleth on high,” means the exalted position of God. Now turn with us to several cross references. We will first begin with Psalms 89: 6. (Also read and digest all 52 verses). God promises to help us in times of trouble and afflictions. So as David’s descendants are preserved we see our saving grace in Jesus Christ. The love, kindness and mercy promised to David is witnessed by us in Christ. Glory to God.
Psalms 89: 6: “For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?”
The Old Testament notes only one word for Heaven. Regardless of the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Heaven there is no distinction here. But no man can be compared to God thus the three heavens can be applied to this verse. God on earth is our company keeper and in Heaven who do we have but thee.
For an additional thought turn with us over to the 103rd Division of Psalms and a Psalm of David. Here again we see God’s great love for us.
Psalms 103: 19: “The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.”
Here we see the plural use of the word heavens. This takes into account the three Heavens. But mainly as a form of emphasis as for our purposes here we see the mention of God’s throne as high and thus we see that his kingdom is over all other kingdoms. There is no institution, government etc. that exceeds that of God.
We will now return to our primary scripture found at Psalms 113 and verse 6.
113: 6: “Who humbleth himself to be hold the things that are in heaven and in the earth!”
Those that are truly obedient and in love with the Lord will give Him credit for his great works. Those that are humble in the Lord will do these things. However those stuffed up with pride will ignore and deny the existence and evidence of the divine power of God. But God loves them also but sin He dislikes.
Now turn with us to a cross reference noted at Psalms 11: 4. Will God test us? Meanwhile God will provide stability in the time of trouble. As we trust Him and in faith we can face any problem. Here we find 7 verses; our primary verse is verse 4.
Psalms 11: 4: “The Lord is in this holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eye-lids try, the children of men.”
The Lord has a sure and firm foundation in His throne in Heaven. This is our base of support. From this high abode God sees all. All men will have a just hearing while the evil deeds of sinful men will be punished. Good or bad all will be accounted for.
An additional thought is found at Isaiah 57. At verses 15-21 we see the Prophet writes about the humble and repentant souls. Our primary verse is verse 15.
Isaiah 57: 15: “For thus saith the high and lofty one that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
As to the Lord time has no beginning and no end. Those that are humble in the sight of the Lord are entitled to the mercy that He extends.
Now back to our primary scripture and verse 7.
113: 7: “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;”
Here we see the figurative use of dust and dunghill. Thus we see a reference to the humiliating situation of many poor people. However this situation takes on a special meaning when the poor situation of the under privileged is caused by those that have exploited the poor.
At I Samuel 2:8 we find a very similar scripture that relates to the thought here and is a cross reference to our previously mentioned verse found at Psalms 113: 7. At I Samuel 2 verses 1-11 we find Hannah making a prophetic prayer of thanks. All things come from the Lord. Thus we give thanks for our children and for all things.
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory; for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.”
Psalms 113: 8: “That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.”
Beloved we are to keep the faith and stay in prayer. The evil nature of those that are selfish and jealous can at times hide the merit of the righteous. However God sees all. Keep on keeping on as there are rewards this side and Glory and Peace and Paradise for everlasting on the other side.
113: 9: “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.”
When the miracles of God are seen in giving (making) a barren woman a child her household is happy. We refer you to the previously mentioned story of Hannah as an example.
We come with grateful hearts to God giving thanks. Thus realizing that the God we serve is just, kind and merciful to all that liveth the rich and the poor the poor and the rich. We also bear witness as Almighty God looks down the constitutional laws of the flesh are not just for those that have resources and are rich. These laws also are a means of equity for all that come as law abiding citizens regardless of race, creed, and religion or economic positions. However many take these laws of man and justify the power of wealth while assuming that the poor who are God’s people are powerless.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 13 December 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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