Shout for Joy in the Lord (Psalm 33:1-22)

Mr. Chris PopeMr. Chris Pope, February 5, 2012
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

This psalm is basically a meditation on the character of God. David focuses on the Lord's word (verses 4-19), the Lord's plan (10-12), the Lord's attentiveness (13-15) and finally the Lord's might (16-19). All of this meditation and study leads to hope, thankfulness and joy! David begins with a command to "sing for joy in the Lord. . . !" Now, David is not encouraging us to simply escape from our everyday problems, but to see those problems and struggles in a new light. If we feel helpless in our situations, we should look to God who is so powerful that He created the world with a word from his mouth (v.6). If it seems like everyone is against us, we are to remember that the Lord "frustrates the plans of the peoples" who are against Him (v.10) and "His counsel stands forever (v.11)." If we feel like God is unaware of our plight, we would do well to be reminded that "the Lord looks from heaven and sees all the sons of men (v.13)." He fashions our hearts and understands our works (v.15). If we are hopeless we are to look to God as our help and shield (v.20), not to ourselves or to man-made remedies. David's prescription for us (so to speak) is not to run away from our problems, but to run to God. He is the solution. He is our greatest holiday.

Tags: God's character, God's sovereignty, Psalm 33:1-22

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Psalm 33:1-22

1Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. 2Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. 3Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. 4For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 5He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. 6By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. 7He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 8Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. 10The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. 13The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. 14From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. 15He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. 16There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. 17An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. 18Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. 21For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. (KJV)

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