Psalm 33

Psalm 33 is a song of praise, an invitation to sing a new song to celebrate God’s goodness.

Praise God for His powerful Word. (v. 4-9)

The Word of God is true.

For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love. (v. 4-5)

In it, we read of God’s faithfulness, of His unfailing love for us, and of His love for righteousness and justice. We read in God’s Word that we are made in His image. Our desire for love that will not let us down, and our desire for justice, for things to be made right, are God-given desires, fulfilled perfectly only in Him.

The Word of God is powerful.

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth. (v. 6)

For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm. (v.9)

God spoke, and the heavens and earth were created.
All words have power.
God’s words are more powerful than ours. Why?

Consider this, from Timothy Keller’s book, “Prayer”.

Speech-act theory makes a convincing case that our words not only convey information, they get things done. However, God’s words have a power infinitely beyond our own…

We humans may say, “Let there be light in this room,” but then we have to flick a switch or light a candle. Our words need deeds to back them up and can fail to achieve their purposes. God’s words, however, cannot fail their purposes because, for God, speaking and acting are the same thing….When the Bible talks of God’s Word, then, it is talking of “God’s active presence in the world.”

…If God’s words are his personal, active presence, then to put your trust in God’s words IS to put your trust in God. (pg. 52-54)

God’s words, written and spoken, reveal who He is.
We can trust Him.

God’s words also reveal who we are.
We need Him.

Praise God for His perfect plans. (v. 10-12)

God is sovereign. His purposes cannot be undone by the plans of men.

The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations. (v. 10-11)

How can we know God’s purposes?
By reading His Word.

We read that sin entered the world through the actions of Adam and Eve in the Garden. We read that God has set in motion a plan to redeem the world. The plan began with the calling of one man, Abraham, and a covenant promise to make Abraham into a great nation and to bless all the peoples of the earth through him and his descendants. We read how God rescued the Israelites, Abraham’s descendants, from Egyptian slavery and set them apart from every other nation on earth as His chosen people. We read of God’s promises to His people that He will send the Messiah to make all things right. We read of the glorious grace and mercy of God, who sent the Messiah, His only Son, Jesus, to live among His people and to die on the cross for the sins of the world. We read how God raised Jesus to life again so that we might truly live through Him. And we read that one day, God will restore all things and wipe away every tear.

Psalm 33 celebrates the covenant God has made with the nation of Israel, the nation chosen to be God’s inheritance, and the nation through which God will bless all the peoples of the earth with the means to know Him.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance. (v.12)

And Psalm 33 looks forward to the fulfilling of all of God’s promises, inviting all people to worship the LORD, the covenant keeping God.

Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him. (v. 8)

Praise God for His protective care. (v. 13-19)

God sees all people. He sees our actions and knows our hearts.

From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth –
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do. (v. 13-15)

God knows our greatest sin is pride, the thinking that we can save ourselves through our own strength.

Psalm 33 warns us not to place our hope in our own strength, but to place our hope in God’s unfailing love. Only He can save.

No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save. (v. 16-17)

God sees all people. But the focus of His protection and care is on those who place their hope in Him.

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine (v.18)

Use Psalm 33 as a blueprint for praise.

Praise God for His Word.
Praise God for His plans.
Praise God for His care.

And while you praise, wait in hope.

Expect God to speak through His Word.
Expect God’s purposes to prevail.
Expect God’s help and protection.

Trust Him.
Rest in His unfailing love.

Father, you are worthy of praise. Thank you for your powerful Word that reveals who you are and how much I need you. I know I cannot save myself in my own strength. Thank you for your unfailing love and for your saving grace. Thank you that no one, not even mighty nations, can stop your purposes. Thank you for your loving care. You are my help and shield. I place my hope in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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