Studies in Psalms – Psa 113:1-3 “Worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth” – Part 1

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Psa 113:1-3 “Worship the Father in spirit and in truth” – Part 1

Psa 113:1  Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 
Psa 113:2  Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. 
Psa 113:3  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised. 

We may not think of praising God as part of a process of coming to have a right relationship with our Father and Christ and each other while were in the midst of singing or worshipping him in spirit and truth (Joh 4:23), but if we consider that the Psalms or any other part of God’s word which talks about praise still comes under the category of “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2Ti 3:16), then it becomes clear that praising the Lord is more for our sakes “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” as it says in 2Timothy 3:17.

However, even if we speak the truth or sing the truth, if what we do in the flesh is not accompanied with charity, “spirit and truth”, our praise of God or our gift of prophecy is then likened unto a “clanging gong” in the ears of our Father and each other as it is then not being done “to the glory of God” because it is not done charitably. Everything we do must eventually be centered around knowing that “the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (Joh 14:20). We are growing together in that love and patience as we worship our Father “in spirit and in truth“, and that worship is connected to our learning to bear each other’s burdens as God brings us to a place where we are truly glorifying Him with our actions: “the Father seeketh such to worship him.” We are blessed to be putting off childish things which we are told to put away and acknowledge that it is via the grace and faith of Christ that this is even possible. 

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 

1Co 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 

Rom 15:1  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 
Rom 15:2  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

God must show us where we come short in regard to what we are lacking in charity (1Co 13:4-8), and it is his goodness which is leading His children to repentance (Rom 2:4), for which we should give thanks and praise to Him! Our Father’s charitable mind is being formed within the body of Christ to create a “bond of perfectness” (Col 3:14-15)  within His body (temple – 1Co 3:16). That temple knows in part and understands that our prophecy is in part to the end that “when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”  (1Co 13:9-13, Eph 4:14-16). 

What charity does in order to become “the bond of perfectness”:

Suffereth long  (1Co 13:4; Rom2:4) 
Envieth not  (1Co 13:4; Pro 14:30)
Vaunteth (boasts) not itself (1Co 13:4; Rom 3:27)
Is not puffed up  (1Co 13:4; 1Pe 5:6, Mat 23:12, Luk 14:10)
Doth not behave itself unseemlyG807 (1Co 13:5 – uncomelyG807 toward his virgin 1Co 7:34-40)
SeekethG2212 not her own  (1Co 13:5; Mat 6:33, Heb 11:6, Mat 7:7-8, asking, seeking and knocking all our life so we do not become conceited and rest on our laurels – Rom 11:23-25, 1Co 9:25)
Is not easily provokedG3947  (Act 17:16 positive use – provoke untoG3948 Heb 10:24-25)
Thinketh no evil    (1Co 13:5; Luk 23:22, Joh 18:23)
Rejoiceth not in iniquityG93  (1Co 13:6; Joh 7:18)
Rejoiceth in the truthG225  (1Co 13:6; Joh 1:14, Joh 4:24)
BearethG4722 all things  (1Co 13:7; 1Co 9:12)
Believeth all things  (1Co 13:7; Mar 9:23, Joh 3:12-16) 
Hopeth all things  (1Co 13:7; Rom 8:24-25) 
Endureth all things  (1Co 13:7; Mar 13:13)
Never faileth  (1Co 13:8; Mar 13:24-25)

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 
1Co 13:5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 
1Co 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 
1Co 13:7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 
1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 

Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 

1Co 13:9  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 
1Co 13:10  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 
1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 
1Co 13:12  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face[1Jn 3:2]: now I know in part [Eph 1:14]; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 
1Co 13:13  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

God’s elect pray with thanksgiving. With this prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, we are given the peace of God which passes all understanding as we interact with the world around us (Mat 6:13, Mat 10:16). This prayer for the peace of Jerusalem above (Psa 122:6, Gal 4:26) “rules in your hearts” and is a necessary ingredient “in [this] one body” which is “thankful”. God’s peace can be given to us, a peace that passes all our human understanding and that makes it possible for us to overcome “thy hardness and impenitent heart” that would otherwise just naturally “treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God”. We don’t want that to be the case, so we have the solution to overcoming that spirit within us by doing what is written in the following verses of Colossians 3:16-17. 

Paul talks about the word dwelling richly within us, in the same context of “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” and that we should sing with “grace in your hearts to the Lord” thankful for the favor He has shown us. The words we sing can be convicting us and used to lift us out of darkness or spiritual bondage, which is what “grace in your hearts” will do. The shadow of that happening is with the example of how David played music to drive away evil spirits from Saul, and Saul was refreshed as it says in 1Samuel 16:23.

Php 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 
Php 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Rom 12:18  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 

Col 3:15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 

Rom 2:5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 
Col 3:17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 

1Sa 16:23  And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp [the harp represents the instrument that we are in God’s hands being used to send the word that will bring healing (Psa 107:20)], and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. 

There is a harmony which God is forming within the body of Christ via His spirit that is explained in great detail in Colossians 3:1-13 as well as these parallel verses of 1Corinthians 13:1-13. God’s spirit works in the lives of those who are worshipping Him in spirit and truth, and part of that worship is found in “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” which we are blessed to share with one another to the glory of God. That sharing and worshipping of God is connected to the sacrifice of praise that we want to have on our lips “continually” as it says in Hebrews 13:15. 

Heb 13:15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually [“do all in the name of the Lord Jesus“], that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 

As we sing to the Lord with grace in our hearts, praising the Lord will help us in all other relationships which God has given us in this life. Right after Colossians 3:16-17 tells us how we are to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord and whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him“, the very next verses speak of this harmony in all those relationships:

Harmony of the family of God explained:

Col 3:18  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 
Col 3:19  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 
Col 3:20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 
Col 3:21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 
Col 3:22  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 

In this Psalm 113, we will look at how God’s people are called to “Worship the Father in spirit and in truth” and how that praise is very helpful in bringing us to understand and appreciate the greatness of God as we look outside of ourselves and think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, any virtue, and any praise. 

Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Psa 113:1  PraiseH1984 ye the LORD. PraiseH1984, O ye servants of the LORD, praiseH1984 the name of the LORD. 

To be clear, to “praiseH1984 ye the LORD” does not specifically mean to sing a song, or play an instrument before the LORD, but it does mean is to let your light shine before all men so that our Father in heaven is glorified. 

1Ch 16:10  GloryH1984 ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 
1Ch 16:11  Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. 
1Ch 16:12  Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 
1Ch 16:13  O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

Jer 9:24  But let him that gloriethH1984 gloryH1984 in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

PraiseH1984 Versus GloryG2744

1Co 1:29  That no flesh should gloryG2744 in his presence. 
1Co 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 
1Co 1:31  That, according as it is written, He that gloriethG2744, let him gloryG2744 in the Lord. 

Gal 6:14  But God forbid that I should gloryG2744, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 

Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boastG2744. 

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

PraiseH1984   hâlal  haw-lal’:  A primitive root; to be clear (originally of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate; also to stultify: – (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (-ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.

GloryG2744 From some (obsolete) base akin to that of αὐχέω aucheō (to boast) and G2172; to vaunt (in a good or a bad sense): – (make) boast, glory, joy, rejoice.

Psa 113:2 BlessedH1288 be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.

H1288  bârak  baw-rak’:  A primitive root; to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); also (by euphemism) to curse (God or the king, as treason): –  X abundantly, X altogether, X at all, blaspheme, bless, congratulate, curse, X greatly, X indeed, kneel (down), praise, salute, X still, thank.

Gen 2:3  And God blessedH1288  the seventh day [Christ is our rest typified by the seventh day (Heb 4:3-11)], and sanctified it (Joh 17:17): because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. 

Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 
Heb 4:4  For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 
Heb 4:5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 
Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 
Heb 4:7  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 
Heb 4:8  For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 
Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. [Luk 12:32]
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, [1Co 15:58] lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 

Gen 9:1  And God blessedH1288  Noah and his sons [types of the elect], and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

It is only when we have Christ within us as our hope of glory that we can truly say “BlessedH1288 be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore”. As our hope of glory within us (Col 1:27), we can glorify our Father as we are sanctified by His word (Joh 17:17), and Christ is giving us the ability to understand with a spirit of power, love and a sound mind how we can bless or glorify God on this earth (2Ti 1:7). The rest that we have been blessed to enter into is Christ, who is working in us both to will and to do our Father’s good pleasure (Luk 2:49, Php 2:13, 1Jn 4:17) which will have us labouring to enter into that rest, as we build the body of Christ up in love. Christ’s body is typified by “Noah and his sons”who are building that ark, or temple in troublesome times (Heb 11:7, Dan 9:25, Job 14:1, 1Pe 4:17).

Psa 113:3 From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.

God’s name is glorified through the judgment which we endure our entire life: “from the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same”. That judgment takes place in the firmament as we see in Psalm 19, and it is a life-long process that God is working in the lives of those who have been predestined to be those kings and priests ordained of God. 

Psa 19:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 
Psa 19:2  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 
Psa 19:3  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 
Psa 19:4  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 
Psa 19:5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 
Psa 19:6  His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. 
Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 
Psa 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 
Psa 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 
Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 
Psa 19:11  Moreover by them [the law and testimony of the LORD (vs 7), the statutes  and commandment of the LORD v8, the fear and judgements of the LORD (vs 9)] is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 
Psa 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 
Psa 19:13  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 
Psa 19:14  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. 

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 
Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Heb 12:3  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 
Heb 12:4  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 

Christ is likened unto the groom (Psa 19:5) whose “going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof” (Psa 19:6),  to destroy the man of perdition by little and little, and by the brightness of his coming (Deu 7:22, 2Th 2:8). This destruction occurs as “thy servant” is forgiven of all our iniquities and healed of all our diseases (Psa 103:3) being made ready through this judgement (Rev 19:7) so that we can become Christ’s bride and see our husband face to face at the marriage supper (1Co 13:12, Rev 19:9).

The LORD’S name is to be praisedH1984” and is, from start to finish, what we are being shown in this Psalm, as we learn to run this race with joy and peace in our hearts, thankful that our Father provides all that we need to make that possible by Christ.

Php 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

3Jn 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 

Luk 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 

H1984   hâlal   haw-lal’:  A primitive root; to be clear (originally of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate; also to stultify: – (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (-ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.

Next week, Lord willing, we will look at the next few verses in our study entitled “Worship the Father in spirit and in truth” where we will see more reassuring verses that confirm God’s plan to prepare Christ’s bride to go from being a barren woman to one who will take care of the affairs of God’s house bringing in many children unto Christ with great joy “to keep house[God’s house], and to be a joyful mother of children [God’s children]. Praise ye the LORD.”

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 
Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. 

Psa 113:4  The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 
Psa 113:5  Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high, 
Psa 113:6  Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! 
Psa 113:7  He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; 
Psa 113:8  That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. 
Psa 113:9  He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

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