Psalms 113:5

5 Who is like the LORD our God? He sits on his throne in heaven.

Psalms 113:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 113:5

Who is like unto the Lord our God
Among the gods of the nations, as Kimchi; or among the angels of heaven, or among any of the mighty monarchs on earth; there is none like him for the perfections of his nature, for his wisdom, power, truth, and faithfulness; for his holiness, justice, goodness, grace, and mercy; who is eternal, unchangeable, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; nor for the works of his hands, his works of creation, providence, and grace; none ever did the like: and what makes this reflection the more delightful to truly good men is, that this God is their God; and all this is true of our Immanuel, God with us; who is God over all, and the only Saviour and Redeemer; and there is none in heaven and earth like him, or to be desired besides him.

Who dwelleth on high?
in the high and holy place, in the highest heaven, which is his throne; or "who exalteth himself to dwell" F19; so the Targum,

``he exalteth his habitation to dwell,''

suitable to the dignity and the greatness of his majesty; as he is high and above all, so he has fixed his habitation in the highest heavens; as he is self-existent, he is self-exalted, and none can exalt him as himself; he is exalted above all blessing and praise; and if it is an exaltation of him to dwell in the highest heavens, what an exaltation will it be of the saints to dwell with him there, in those mansions in his house which Christ is gone to prepare for them! This clause may be applied to Christ, who, both previous to his humiliation, and after it, dwelt in the highest heavens with his Father, in his bosom, from whence he came down on earth, and whither he is gone again, and is highly exalted there.


F19 (tbvl yhybgmh) "sustollens se ad habitandum", Montanus; "qui se elevat", Pagninus.

Psalms 113:5 In-Context

3 From the sunrise in the east to the sunset in the west, may the name of the LORD be praised.
4 The LORD is honored over all of the nations. His glory reaches to the highest heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God? He sits on his throne in heaven.
6 He bends down to look at the heavens and the earth.
7 He raises poor people up from the trash pile. He lifts needy people out of the ashes.