A Good Posture
Almighty God, to You the past, present and future are as one. How great You are, Lord of time.
Read Psalm 33:1–22
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
If you want to learn about praise to God, this impressive psalm (or hymn of praise) helps. It brings together the work of God in creation and the Word of God in history.
“The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (11). God has a plan—and his plans are always good. He has purposes that flow from his heart for yours. These purposes are generational, which means they are long-lasting and bigger than you.
Are you excited by that? The Creator of the universe has a unique place for you. The psalmist tells us that God’s plans are more powerful than politics or culture (10). Regardless of what our culture thinks or what tradition dictates, God is working his purposes out and wants to place his people at the center of his restoration of this world.
So how do we posture ourselves?
Worship him. The psalmist’s opening call to worship contains five imperatives: sing, praise, make music, play, shout. This response is based on six qualities of God: right and true, faithful, righteous, just and loving. The psalmist encourages us to worship God for his creativity and his providence.
Fear him. In verses 8 and 18 we are encouraged to fear God, but what does that mean? For the follower of Jesus it means reverencing and obeying God; it means loving his ways and making him the authority of our lives; it means learning to think as he thinks and act as he acts.
Hope in his love. The psalmist implores us to hope, regardless of the context and our current experience. Hope not only because of God’s power and history or because of his competency and our experience of it, but also because his DNA is love and his predisposition towards us and our future and our future generations is love.
How has this psalm taught You about praise to God—in personal devotions, in public worship?
Holy One, You are the desire of those who seek You. You are the joy of those who find You. Even in our darkest days, there are so many things to praise You for.
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