Psalm 33

Praise God for making us righteous: ‘Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright’ (verse 1).

Use our gifts to praise God: ‘Give thanks to the Lordwith the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts’ (verses 2-3).

Praise God for all he does: ‘For the word of the Lordis upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord’ (verses 4-5).

Think of God as Creator: ‘By the word of the Lordthe heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm’ (verses 6-9).

Think of God’s control of history: ‘The Lordbrings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lordstands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations’ (verses 10-11).

Think of God’s grace: ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!’ (verse 12).

Think of what God wants: ‘The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine’ (verses 13-19).

Resolve to depend on God: ‘Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you’ (verses 20-22).

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