November 25 – Our Hope is in You Alone

We’re 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 this psalm sink in.

Psalm 33  New Living Translation (NLT)

Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;
    it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
    make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
Sing a new song of praise to him;
    play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
For the word of the Lord holds true,
    and we can trust everything he does.
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?

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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?

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.

  1. 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. How specifically is the virus spread? What kind of masks are best? It looks like a vaccine is on the way, but when exactly will it be ready?

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 is likely finding this second wave scary? Give them a call and chat a while to add some joy to their day.

Our song for today is Battle Belongs by Phil Wickham

2 Replies to “November 25 – Our Hope is in You Alone”

  1. Thanks for getting me back on the circuit again. The song the Battle Belongs to You is such a powerful song, especially the chorus. During this pandemic, we need a reminder just who is in control and it isn’t me. I needed to be reminded. This Psalm is a powerful one when you stop to answer the questions asked.

  2. (If this a way too much content, please shorten as you see fit.)

    1. We sing for joy because God is faithful, loving and trustworthy.

    2. God is awesome because He created every part of our physical
    world.

    3. We need to have a concern for the many tragic conditions in
    the world. Most of its population lives outside of God’s
    redeeming work of love and mercy.

    4. God knows that we do not have our own spiritual strength to
    live successfully without His power strengthening and guiding
    us in His ways.

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