Sing To Him A New Song
Lord God, I worship You today because “You are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel” (Psa. 22:3, NRSV).
Read PSALM 33:1-22
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“The climax of God’s happiness is the delight he takes in the echoes of his excellence in the praises of his people” (John Piper). Our praise delights our God.
Psalm 33 exuberantly proclaims that God’s love “makes the world go ‘round” (5b). This is “a new song”–a phrase associated with the celebration of God’s reign in the world (3; c.f. Psa. 96:1; 98:1; 149:1). It is sung with joy and unrestrained gusto, but it is no mindless mantra; rather, it forms a narrative of praise reflecting on, and rejoicing in, who God is and how his rule is effected in the world.
The psalm discerns God’s reign operating in five areas. First, it operates in nature (6-9). The Lord speaks and the starry heavens are created, he scoops up the primeval waters and the world’s seas are formed. Second, it operates among the nations (10-12). God is sovereign in history. Civilizations rise and fall, but the Lord’s purposes prevail across all generations. Third, God’s sovereignty embraces circumstances (13-15). His rule is particular as well as universal. He considers everything we do. Fourth, God’s dominion overrules politics (16,17). Ultimate power resides neither in national governments nor military hardware. Fifth, this divine sovereignty is especially focused on God’s people (18,19). While the Lord “watches all” (14), his eye is on those who honor him and trust in his unfailing love. For all of these reasons the congregation shouts for joy (3) and calls on all peoples to honor the Lord (8).
This psalm provides a background to the references to the kingdom (or kingship) of God that we encounter in Mark 8-10. With Jesus, the kingdom of God has come (Mark 1:15). It has not yet fully come (Mark 14:25), but come it certainly will (Acts 1:11; 2 Tim. 4:1). We live between both comings.
Make Psalm 33 your prayer today as you wait in hope for the Lord (20). Shout for joy that the love which “makes the world go ‘round” is with you (22)!
Lord, when I read many of the psalms I feel I am standing on a smoldering volcano of praise, waiting to burst forth. So, I release praise from within me, blessing Your name.
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