Friday, August 16, 2013

Ps 33

Ps 33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
:2 Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
:3 Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.
:4 For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth.
:5 He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
:7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
:9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
:10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
:11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.
:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
:13 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
:14 From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;
:15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
:16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
:17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,
:19 to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
:20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
:21 For our heart shall rejoice in His holy name.
:22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.

This is headed up as the sovereignty of the Lord in creation and history.

This psalm remind us of how great the Lord really is. He is the Creator who spoke the universe into existence. He is the Ruler who can bring our best intentioned plans to nothing but Whose own plans stand forever. God is the Watcher who looks down on all who live on the earth.

Maybe our view of God is too small. If you see the Lord as sitting up in heaven, crossing His fingers hoping everything turns out ok, you need to step back and rethink. God made it all, He keeps it all and controls it all to accomplish His desires and plans. He is also our Father. We are under His eye and in His hand. He is our hope and our help. All we should want to do is worship, trust and serve Him.

This psalm teaches one of the most important and most difficult principles of a life lived for God's glory. Rescue comes from God alone – and it comes to the person who “waits for the Lord”. Sometimes God leaves us in a difficult place or situation to teach us to trust Him more as we wait for His deliverance.

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