Morning Prayer: Wednesday,11 Nov 2020 – Psalms (113) and Proverbs (11) ~ Who is like the LORD our God?

Morning Prayer, Wednesday,11 Nov 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“Who is like the LORD our God, who has his dwelling so high,
and yet humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?”
(Psalm 113:5)

Preparation:

 Holy Spirit, breath of God and fire of love, I cannot pray without your aid: Kindle in me the fire of your love, and illumine me with your light; that with a steadfast will and holy thoughts I may approach the Father in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who reigns with you and the Father in eternal union. Amen.

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“Psalm 113” – Marcus Ahrend, Friends of Jesus

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The New Cloverdale Psalter (2019 Update of 1535 Original

“Psalm 113”

1 Praise the LORD.

Sing praises, you servants of the LORD; *
O praise the Name of the LORD.
2 Blessed be the Name of the LORD, *
from this time forth for evermore.
3 The LORD’s Name be praised *
from the rising up of the sun to the going down of the same.
4 The LORD is high above all nations, *
and his glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like the LORD our God, who has his dwelling so high, *
and yet humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?
6 He takes up the lowly out of the dust, *
and lifts the poor out of the ashes,
7 That he may set them with the princes, *
even with the princes of his people.
8 He gives the barren woman a home to dwell in, *
and makes her to be a joyful mother of children.

Praise the LORD.

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Proverbs (11)  (The Wisdom of Solomon)

5 The godly are directed by honesty;
the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.

7 When the wicked die, their hopes die with them,
for they rely on their own feeble strength.

21 Evil people will surely be punished,
but the children of the godly will go free.

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Consider:

“Who is like the LORD our God, who has his dwelling so high,
and yet humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?”
(Psalm 113:5)

Only in Jesus is the Godhead seen, but he unhesitatingly declared “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”

“Who dwelleth on high.” In the height of his abode none can be like him. His throne, his whole character, his person, his being, everything about him, is lofty, and infinitely majestic, so that none can be likened unto him. His serene mind abides in the most elevated condition, he is never dishonored, nor does he stoop from the pure holiness and absolute perfection of his character. His saints are said to dwell on high, and in this they are the reflection of his glory; but as for himself, the height of his dwelling place surpasses thought, and he rises far above the most exalted of his glorified people.

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Heathen philosophers could not believe that the great God was observant of the small events of human history; they pictured him as abiding in serene indifference to all the wants and woes of his creatures. “Our Rock is not as their rock;” we have a God who is high above all gods, and yet who is our Father, knowing what we have need of before we ask him; our Shepherd, who supplies our needs; our Guardian, who counts the hairs of our heads; our tender and considerate Friend, who sympathizes in all our griefs. Truly the name of our condescending God should be praised wherever it is known.

__ Spurgeon

Q: What comes to mind when you think of God enthroned above the heavens?

Q: What comes to mind when you think of the majesty and holiness of God?

Q: What comes to mind when you think of the humility of Jesus?

He became like us, so that we could become like him.

Q What did he give up in order to become like us?

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Prayer

+ I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen. (John Wesley)

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“Who Is Like The Lord Our God” – Wendell Kimbrough

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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

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+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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