With the results of our recent national elections, downturns in the economy and a decline in job opportunities, it is easy to focus on our situation at hand and forget that God is in control. Yet Psalm 33 exhorts us to praise God for His providential oversight and to trust Him with the outcomes of every aspect of our lives.
The Psalm begins by exhorting us to praise God (vs. 1-3) and then tells us why in verses 4 and 5.
We are told to praise God because, “The word of the LORD is right and true” and that He “… loves righteousness and justice,” even to the point that “the earth is full of his unfailing love” (NIV).
In these two verses, we discover two important truths about God. One is that whatever He communicates is always “right and true.”
Our words to others are not always reliable because we do not have the power to bring about our promises without fail. In the same way, what others tell us may not be completely true or even trustworthy. With the Lord, however, His Word is always true and trustworthy. In fact, God by His very nature is all-powerful, all-knowing and good. Because He is all-powerful, His Word is “true” because He has all power to bring about His Word. Moreover, because God is all-knowing, He’s never mistaken.
This leads us to the second fact about God. He is good.
The Psalmist tells us that the Lord “loves righteousness and justice.”
Now, just these two realities about God ought to fill us with joy!
Think of it: God loves us unconditionally as we are, and He has unlimited power to bring about His will in our lives.
However, a common question we may wrestle with is: Does God, indeed, desire to be involved in our lives in a personal way?
It is, indeed, profound and deeply encouraging to ponder that God desires to be an intimately personal God to us. The Bible describes the fact that God has specific thoughts and plans for us.
For example, David writes, How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand (Psalm 139:17).
Jeremiah the prophet would pen from the Lord comforting words to the Israelite captives, saying, ‘For I know the plans I have you’ declares the LORD, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ (Jer. 29:11).
But if God desires to be involved in our lives personally, then to what extent will He maintain control of our circumstances? The writer of Psalm 33 informs us that God is in complete control of all things.
In verses 12-15 we read, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place He watches all who live on earth–he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
The context here speaks of the nation of Israel and God’s protective sovereignty over them. However, the overall truth of this passage applies to us as well since we, too, as believers are also His people, regardless of which culture we hail from (see also Ephesians 3, and 2 Peter 9-10). God is capable of moving the very nations we live in, and of moving even heaven and earth, in order to accomplish His good and perfect will in all things.
Knowing that God is good and gracious, able and mighty, the Psalmists closes with a word of hope, We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you (vs. 20-22).
When faced with uncertain times as we are today, our plan of action is to put our complete trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness to bring about His very best in our lives and through our lives to others. Continue in prayer and diligent obedience to His written Word, the Bible, in the coming months. As you walk in faith and trust, His mighty hand will work always for your best and for His glory!
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