Psalm 33 (June 9, 2011)

[1] Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. [2] Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! [3] Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. [4] For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. [5] He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. [6] By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. [7] He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps 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 came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. [10] The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. [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 whom he has chosen as his heritage! [13] The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; [14] from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, [15] he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. [16] The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. [17] The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. [18] Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, [19] that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. [20] Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. [21] For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. [22] Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33 ESV)

God Sees Everything (13-19)

A final reason for which the psalmist directs God’s people to worship him is his omniscience, or the idea that God sees and knows all. God sees all from his place of authority, enthroned above men (13-14). He sees all from his access within their wicked hearts (15), and his steadfast love extends to those who fear him, his people (16-19).

Hope in the Psalms

Several things should bring hope to the believer in these verses. First, God sees. Whatever you are encountering this week, God sees. Whatever problems you are facing, God sees. God sees the job you want, the job you lost, the kids that rebel, the car that breaks down, the relationship that won’t mend, the heart that keeps breaking. God sees! He is aware of you! Not only is he aware of you, but he is enthroned over you! He is King. He reigns over your life, money, resources, time, energy, children and pain. Hope in God! Don’t despair (Psalm 42-43)! Conversely, if you are hiding sin away in your heart, thinking that no one knows, God knows. Repent of your sin. You are not clever, cute or smart (Psalm 139). God has your heart in his hands and he sees your sin, and he loves you enough to point it out even now, that you might be made holy and experience joy in himself. Repent. Not only does he see and reign, but he loves. God loves his people. He loves us with a steadfast, enduring, covenant-keeping kind of love. Soli deo gloria with a thousand tongues to sing our redeemer’s praise.

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