Psalm 33 (June 10, 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)

Conclusion: We Hope In God! (20-22)

If it is true that the eye of the Lord is on those who hope in his steadfast love, then as this great Psalm of worship comes to a close, the psalmist concludes very simply…”Then we hope in God!” We will wait for God, because he is our shield, he is our help. Our heart is glad in him! Oh, that this would be said of us, that our hearts were glad in God. Are you glad in God? Why? If you have embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ and repented of sin and you are a follower of Jesus, then you above everyone else on the planet earth should know gladness. I have said it before, but I think it is tragic that Christians are generally the most grumpy people I know (I am too, I have to confess). But this Psalm would lead us away from that insanity and point us to the truth of the gospel: if you trust in the holy name of God and believe that his word is true and you are hoping in Christ for your salvation, you have reason to rejoice! God has saved you by his word and will keep you by his word, for he is a covenant-keeping, faithful, righteous God.

Hope in the Psalms

We define hope as Paul David Tripp does: The deeply held and daily acted-upon trust that God is the ultimate source of all that is wise, true, loving and good, that what he is doing is best and that what he has promised is reliable.

The last verse in this Psalm gives an “amen” to that statement: “Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Yes, LORD. Answer your people in your covenant fidelity and love.


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