Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The children in the photo are doing all three! They rejoiced during this last Wednesday service before last summer’s vacation by singing praises. How better to illustrate Psalm 33? This was the Psalm our pastor spoke of Sunday night. Once again there is so much in these twenty-two verses that I’ll only cover a few, starting with the first three:
Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
See? Rejoice in the Lord while praising Him with songs. We do this every service. There are always hymns, by the congregation, choir selections and special music by members. We all participate during worship services. Wouldn’t miss it for the world. Literally!!
Another good verse from this psalm is:
By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. (Psalms 33:6 KJV)
Think of the many instances where the very breath of God creates – from Genesis 1 “And God said…” Simply by the word of the Lord were the heavens made. David knew this century upon century after those spoken words. In Genesis 2:7 we’re told it was God’s breath that gave life to Adam. When we speak of the Bible as being “inspired”, that word goes back to “God breathed.”
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalms 33:9 KJV)
There is one verse in here that gives me great concern:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. (Psalms 33:12 KJV)
The President of my country – chosen in a democratic election by a majority of the people in this county – has openly, with great publicity, declared to the world that this county is not a nation whose God is the Lord.
Where, then, the blessings?
We who are a people whose God remains the Lord do continually repeat David’s prayer, for our Hope is in Him:
Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. (Psalms 33:22 KJV)