Daily Devotional: Psalms 113:1-9
1 Praise the LORD. Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 2 Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. 3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. 4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the LORD our God, the one who sits enthroned on high, 6 who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? 7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; 8 he seats them with princes, with the princes of their people. 9 He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.
Up to this point, Peter had been introduced by his brother Andrew while in Judea and had him visit his house and heal his mother-in-law. We don’t know what other interaction there had been between them but Peter had at least heard Jesus teach some. But when he saw this miracle of fish, he realized that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God as Andrew had told him earlier. He immediately fell on his knees and worshipped him as God.
There were others such as Job, Moses and Elijah who had come into the presence of God with the same reaction. When we as lowly mankind realize the greatness and majesty of the God of heaven, we too must confess our sinfulness and fall before him in worship. This leads us to a humble life of obedience. Peter did not want to obey Jesus and let down his nets but did so anyway. He learned that Jesus always knows best and will never lead us astray if we follow his commands.
O Lord God, thank you for your wisdom and your willingness to lead me in a way that is always right. It is with deep humility that I come before you as God of the universe and creator of all things but yet with boldness in the name of Jesus I come to you with assurance that you will hear me. I know it is impossible for my finite mind to comprehend your majesty and your greatness but impress me as I read your word about all you have done. Increase my faith Lord. Use me in your will to help others also serve you. I pray in the name of Jesus.