- The Psalmist calls for his audience to join him in praising the Lord. Who needs to be praising him? Everyone. The last verse of the 150th Psalm says that everything that has breath should be praising him.
- And where should he be praised? “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.” In other words, everywhere.
- He is exalted over everything and everyone. The greatest kings and presidents and prime ministers and absolute dictators are under his authority, and they breathe at his pleasure. In poetic language, he has to “stoop down” to even look at these so-called powers-that-be.
- But in a wonderful contrast, he does something specific while he’s “stooping.” He lifts up the downtrodden, the “down and outs” and “nobodies” and seats them with princes. He takes the childless woman (on the bottom of the totem pole in that society) and brings her into a wonderful family. This is a pattern you see often in the Psalms and elsewhere, what you might call the “Great Reversal.” This demonstrates his sovereignty: he intercedes into a situation as only he can, and reverses things according to his pleasure and plan. Despite man’s greatest efforts and plans (and working thru them), he reverses the order of things, making the rich poor and the poor rich, bringing down the exalted and exalting the lowly.
And for your edification and enjoyment, here's "Sing Your Praise to the Lord" by Rich Mullins (and notice the Bridge?):