Monday, June 22, 2009

Ps 33

I won't paste the entire Psalm on here because it is long, but I do have a few verses in here that I really like.

Praise befits the upright.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; Imagine water in a pile.
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! Read that again.
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples. We think we are so smart.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! He is the One choosing, not us.
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. He is good even as He cares for His own.
Our soul waits for the LORD; This is all we can do, there is nothing better.
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.

There is admonition and encouragement here for us to do our part. Our part is praising, singing, giving thanks to Him, trusting, fearing and standing in awe of Him. This should not be hard when we consider how great He is and how low we are w/o Him. He wants us to be in total submission and dependence of Him. His desire is that we understand that we bring nothing to the table but need, and be thankful to Him. He can more than satisfy that need; above what we can ask or imagine.

On His part He is upright, faithful, righteous, just, steadfast, loving, The Creator and Sustainer, Frustrator, Wise Counselor, The Chooser of nations and peoples and our Hope. This list is not exhaustive in just the text alone. He is all we need.

Remember that praise befits the righteous because all that we hope in is Him. Praise should be continually on our lips, flowing from a full heart, in praise to our Good God.


Mark said...

I read this same Psalm in my devotions this morning! I liked the affirmation of God's creative power that is mentions in verses 6-8. All it took was a word and everything was created! (The "word of the Lord," the "breath of his mouth," "he spoke," and "he commanded.") God can definitely do whatever He wants in our lives as we "wait in hope for the Lord." (vs. 20) Thanks for your constant reliance on the Word of God.

Chuck Weinberg said...

It's always interesting to me how God lines all those small things up, How many chapters in the Bible and we read the same one.
There were so many things that I couldn't post them all. Both of your "mouth" related sections are truly amazing when we think about how much got done it such a short amount of time.
God is so good to give us His Word for all of our needs. Keep running; the Prize awaits.