Psalm 33: Praise of the Lord’s Power and Providence
Exult, you just, in the Lord;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the Lord on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness.
For upright is the word of the Lord,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the seas as in a flask;
in cellars he confines the deep.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all who dwell in the world revere him.
For he spoke and it was made;
he commanded, and it stood forth.
The Lord brings to nought the plans of nations;
he foils the designs of peoples.
But the plan of the Lord stands forever;
the design of his heart, through all generations.
Happy the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
From heaven the Lord looks down;
he sees all mankind.
From his fixed throne he beholds
all who dwell on the earth,
He who fashioned the heart of each,
he who knows all their works.
A king is not saved by a mighty army,
nor is a warrior delivered by great strength.
Useless is the horse for safety;
great though its strength, it cannot provide escape.
But see, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him,
upon those who hope for his kindness,
To deliver them from death
and preserve them in spite of famine.
Our soul waits for the Lord,
who is our help and our shield,
For in him our hearts rejoice;
in his holy name we trust.
May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us
who have put our hope in you.
In Psalm 33: Praise of the Lord’s Power and Providence leads us through a way to praise God: Sing His praises. Recognize that God is trustworthy and just. Realize that God created the Heavens and the earth and He sustains them both. Have fear-respect and awe of God-for all He has done. Those who follow God are happy. God watches over all of us on earth. God protects those who fear Him. Wait upon the Lord, rejoice in Him, trust in Him, and ask for His kindness to be upon us. May we always recognize God for the amazing God He is-Creator and protector of all-as well as love and trust in Him.
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