March 24 – Our Hope is in You Alone

I’m going to try something different today. I’m not going to say much, but rather have you figure out what this psalm is saying. So I’ll post a few verses and then ask you to answer a question. Take a few minutes to really let his psalm sink in.

Psalm 33 New Living Translation (NLT)

1 Let the godly sing for joy to the LORD; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
2 Praise the LORD with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
4 For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does.
5 He loves whatever is just and good;
the unfailing love of the LORD fills the earth.

1. According to the first 5 verses, why should we be able to make joyful music?

6 The LORD merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
7 He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
8 Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.
9 For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.

2. According to verses 6 to 9, why should we be in awe of God?

10 The LORD frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes.
11 But the LORD’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.
12 What joy for the nation whose God is the LORD, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
13 The LORD looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes all who live on the earth.
15 He made their hearts,
so he understands everything they do.
16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.
17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory— for all its strength, it cannot save you.

3. In verse 12, David is likely referring to Israel, God’s chosen people. Today, as the church, Christ followers, we can experience the joy that God gives to His people. Do we need to worry about the world conditions around us?
4. Reread verses 13 to 17. Does God understand how we try our best to control things? Does God think our strength is effective?

18 But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.
20 We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.

Life can hand us some real confusing times, and even scary times and the Covid-19 pandemic is definitely one of them. The news is full of reports on the virus, and the facts seem to change every day. If you don’t have a job that leads to EI, this is super scary. Even if you have access to EI, but work in a minimum paying job, the benefits likely won’t cover your expenses. People are hoarding things. A walk around a grocery store shows many empty shelves and even nothing much in the freezer section. You wonder if you go out, are you putting yourself in danger. For people who love interacting with others, staying home alone is frightening. We wonder how long this will go on. At times like this, we need to remember who is in control.

Take a deep breath and slowly read these verses again.

18 But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.
20 We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.

Those verses express exactly where our hope lies. It is in God alone. One of the things I love about the Psalms is the way they often start out reminding us of God’s power, a power way beyond our comprehension. When we remind ourselves of that very fact, trusting in God makes sense. ‘The icing on the cake’ is that God is just not powerful. He is loving!!! So when times are confusing and unsettled, remember Psalm 33.

22 Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.

A Challenge: We know that God loves us, but he also tells us to love each other. “This is my commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15: 12) Who do you know that likely finds staying at home difficult? Give them a call and chat a while to add some joy to their day.

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