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October 25, 2021 8:00 am
Today on the Bible study our will examine the rich and beautiful imagery of Psalm 33 were David calls on all of God's people to shout out praises of thanksgiving to joyfully exalt our majestic and faithful God who sees all and knows all and remains steadfast. Our God is the same yesterday today and forever welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically. Praise is an optional and sometimes human voices aren't enough.
David reminds us in this all that is God's people. We need to praise him with music and shouts of thanksgiving for both his words and his works. If you have your Bible turn to Psalm 33 the book of Saul says when called. I think rightly Israel's hymnbook because most of the Psalms in it are nationalistic or individualistic, that is, they are either written from the background and from the viewpoint of the nation of Israel reflecting their experience of God's grace or else there written by individual Jewish writers like David and some of the other through Psalms occur later in the solar Psalm 33 is somewhat different.
It's different in that it's directed to all people everywhere, encouraging them to praise God and thank God for all things so for that reason. It's really a praise Saul Laura Thanksgiving Psalm for everyone. In spite of the fact that it has this different character is linked up with the preceding song is worth noting that because the connection between Psalm 32 and Psalm 33 says something to us as we approach God in Thanksgiving and notice.
I'm sure if you read it carefully, that the first three verses of Psalm 33 Echo final verse of the preceding song last verse encouraged people to rejoice in God and to sing to him all those who are righteous and upright, and a number of those words are repeated now in the Psalm that follows the word sing is there righteous and upright, and although the translation hides at their are even more echoes in the Hebrew text of these two songs so that alone suggests that there's a connection is asked why and then there's this connection also at least a probable connection you notice it. Psalm 33 doesn't have a title that's only the second time that that's occurred so far except for Psalms 1 and two, which are introductory and the last time the card was at Psalm 10 when we looked at Psalm 10. I pointed out that the lack of title probably means that Psalm 10 is to follow directly after Psalm nine and that perhaps they were even one song originally there printed as one. Psalm eight of the Hebrew manuscripts in their printed that way, the Septuagint, which is the Greek version of the Old Testament of the Vulgate, which is the Latin version of the Old Testament and in most Roman Catholic Bibles because Roman Catholic Bibles follow the Vulgate, and that means that the numbering of the Psalms differs from that point on Saul 10 way to the end of the Psalter about Psalm 143 when I get back on track again medicine just incidental information because although this Psalm Psalm 33 is probably not by David and has quite a different tone and nobody today seriously suggests that these two Psalms were originally one. Nevertheless, this Psalm was placed after the former deliberately. The compilers and put it together obviously saw the verbal connection and probably they understood a spiritual connection as well, which is the point I'm making you see the previous Psalm is a prayer of confession Psalm in which David acknowledges his sin openly confessing at all, and receiving forgiveness for all.
So it's natural that out of that kind of experience of God's great mercy and grace. You should want to praise thy God, which is what this Psalm does that says DOS. As we come to think God is that we have to come to God as those who have been forgiven of our sins we haven't come confessing our sin and finding forgiveness in Jesus Christ were alone and can be found, then we are in a state of rebellion against God, and it's hypocritical on our part to come to him and attend were thanking him for his material blessings we mean is that we want things but we don't want him want money, but we don't want salvation or righteousness, and in God's order.
It's the other way around. He's concerned we find forgiveness for our sins.
First of all, and then we find that to the degree that he chooses to give them the other blessings follow the otherwise were quite distorted in our thinking. Now the outline of Islamists quite straightforward. There's a call to worship, which is what the first stanza is all about verses 1 to 3 and then the last three verses are our response. By God's people responsibly should come true as we get to the end of the study and then in the middle of verses four through 19. You have the body of the Psalm, and it's there that God is praised. Thank praise for being who he is and thank for what he's done. We especially are concerned, that's not the way we want to look at it, worship is important because it tells us how we should come when we come praise and thank God. Notice a couple things here. First of all, there are six imperatives in these three verses saying praise make music saying play shout for joy. So six times over were told to do something that expresses our praise to God. Our thanks to God as it means that thanksgiving and praise is an optional for people. We often neglected, but we are disobedient. When we do, because the Scriptures tell us that we should exit 1st thing to notice a cycling is interesting about it is the mention of musical instruments first time in the Psalter musical instruments are mentioned harp is mentioned 10 string flyer were not sure exactly what those ancient instruments were like.
But the reference to them. Here at least indicates that it's appropriate have musical instruments with us in our worship as we sing God's praise mentioned that because Orissa body of thought and certain forms of Christianity that says it's wrong to use musical instruments when you praise the Lord's text would seem to teach the exact opposite. And not only is it that takes its proper and even encourages it. Because the impression you get is a read these verses is that if we're really thankful we want to make a loud noise and maybe human voices are enough.
We need instruments that help us praise God properly is another thing to notice about a new song that's an unusual way of talking what this this writer mean when he says in verse three. Sing to him and knew song one of the commentators suggest that this Psalm is new in that it's different from those that preceded speaking internationally, calling on all people everywhere to praise God. Others say Weldon, one of the stanzas you have echoes of the creation account in Genesis 1 and later on, you have echoes of that great song that you have in Exodus 15 and so this is a retelling of those old passages you in that sense probably that's not the case it's probably new in the sense that anybody who has experience God's grace should have a fresh awareness of it and should praise God out of a fresh experience. His Majesty and goodness what a number of the writers site a major share thoughts with you. One says that a new song is one which springs freshly from a thankful rejoicing part.
Other calls this the ever new freshness of the praise of God and another writer says there's always room for a fresh voice to proclaim the old gospel. The old creation.
The old Providence I think that's right. And if you take those elements and list them together you really have the essential elements for effective joyful worship.
One of them is freshness. We know praise God much if were just hashing over old blessings.
All gas 20 years ago. God did this for me that that's hardly Thanksgiving service or service of praise. Freshness is important skill is another skill of the instruments playing skillfully, singing skillfully and I might add as well. Thinking skillfully as we rehearse God's blessings and then further also because the impression you got here is that this is going to be an exuberant Thanksgiving out the Maryann to get a different tone settles down his client and it's a way of saying that there are different moods which God we worship here the beginning it calls upon us to do these three things. That's what our worship should be should be fresh, skillful and further joyful also. We often worship God like that.
I think generally here.
We do not sure that happens everywhere, but that should guide our thinking today. Now, beginning with verse four. You have the body of the song and it rehearses God's blessings.
The theme is set in verses four and five because what verse four tells us is that God is to be praise for two things. First of our his word and secondly his works. The James of the authorized version actually uses the word works God's works are faithful in what he does is what the King James says of the word is there, but whether it's they are not. That's the idea, and as we follow through the Psalm we find that's exactly what this writer is talking about God's word which brings things into being when we praise God we should focus our praise, at least in the Psalm, and those two areas are number things said in these verses about the character of God's grace for his whiteness and his truth which have to do with his word and his righteousness, faithfulness, justice and unfailing love, which had to do with his works, and yet each one of those attributes describe the words of the one hand, and the works. On the other hand, because as we learned in Scripture as the Psalm says clearly God's works of his words always go together. There never in this junction. God never says one thing and does another God says is what God does and what God does is what he spoken to us about in Scripture, not so different with us.
We say one thing and we do something else and best where inconsistent in it worse were hypocritical or deliberately misleading. God is never like that.
One thing we ought to praise God for. Thank you for is that he is consistently can always be trusted God's word stands is the same yesterday today and forever. We never find any inconstancy variableness in God, not having set that theme in verses four and five. Writer begins to think of what God has done and his thoughts go first of all, of the creation not surprising that he should turn to the creation because if you're thinking of this unity of the word and works of God. Any biblical writer naturally thinks of the creation story because Miller told Darren that first chapter of Genesis is that God brought the heavens and the earth into being by his word. Eight times over in that chapter, you have the words and God said variation then God said, every time God said something something came into being. That's the power of God's word that's beyond creation. It's utterly unlike anything you and I can do. You and I can form things if we have a certain substance to work with and so you have artists making paintings and sculptures and you have writers putting down beautiful works of musicians composing notes, we are able to be creative and act sensibly. God creates Mike Tiant as he speaks and something that didn't exist before comes into being a wonder, having said that, the writer says in verse eight let all the earth fear the Lord, let all the people of the world. She always thinking he knows that God is the creator God because of the Hebrew Scriptures is proclaiming that everybody says everybody in the world should know the God's creator, and that only God can create where his creation and therefore we should bow before him, and we should be thankful. One of the things people are faulted for in Romans one is that they are not thankful that they know God in the saving way everybody does our task to proclaim that other people but having known of his creator, the creator God. Nevertheless people as a whole don't bow before him and are not thankful, certainly we should at least be that we know redemption through Jesus Christ.
That third stanza also introduces something else because having spoken of creation in verses six through nine. The author's thoughts now turned to Providence is that God continues to widen protective people that he's created verse 11 is interesting. It says the plans of the Lord, stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart to all generations makes us think of Proverbs 1921 which says the same thing probably in better known language that verse in Proverbs says, many are the plans in the minds of man, but it's the purpose of the Lord shall be established. That's a statement of problems. It means that you and I can plan all kinds of things but it's what God plans it gets done. God is sovereign in the affairs of human history aren't we glad it's like that one of the resin like that one. If it were a case that our plans are. The plans are established well. Our plans are often wrong. Sometimes there downright sinful and I purposes very and I word can't be trusted.
If human plans prevailed. Ultimately, it would be an desperate situation for people instead of them were told is that it's God's purposes are established and therefore, regardless of the injustice that we see the sin that God permits in the end the good plans of the Lord are going to stand for. We can thank them for that. Try to read that verse with its word purpose without thinking of that specific expression of it that Paul makes in Romans eight there is talking about the purposes of God and explains what they are all things work together for good to them who love God and are called according to his purpose. Those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Those he predestined he also called us a call to justify those he justified he also glorified.
That's a great statement of purpose, tells us that God's purpose for his people is to make them like Jesus Christ in the path by which he does that is the path of foreknowledge, predestination, calling justification and glorification of marvelous statement of God's purpose and you see we read a text like this, which says the purpose plans of the Lord, stand firm forever, and we know that's true. Just history in a general way over thankful for that. That's true of us individually as well. God's plans.
God's purposes for you. God's plans.
God's purposes for me as his people are established a piece called us to himself in Jesus Christ and justified it is most certainly going to take us through this life and bring us in glory, to be with Christ and to be like him forever after. Thank you for those things as well.
I'm verse 12 and following.
He begins to speak about God specific care people. Individuals, yes, and the nation as well introduces a diverse 12 by reference to the nation busted is the nation of God is the Lord.
The people he chose for his inheritance. Now when the author of the song speaks of the nation's God is the Lord and the people he chose is no doubt anything about Israel because it was not true that there were other people who had the Lord Jehovah as their God. The rest of the nations of the world didn't know it, and they were not chosen in the way that is where Watson's robe was chosen in a very special way. So is thinking of that yet. It's hard for us to read that without reflecting on nations as a whole in our own nation. In particular, and say because the Scriptures teach it elsewhere. That nation that has conference Lord is happy or blessed nation nation that rejects God Jehovah as its Lord is a most unhappy nation Bible tells us righteousness exalts a nation, we find that righteousness and God himself. Everything of our own nation. In that respect. Our nation was never utterly Christian nation, although some think of it that way any more than the Jews were in utterly godly people.
Nevertheless, our nation did have an extraordinary religious heritage in that large percentage of the founders of this nation did so with an eye upon God and with the conscious seeking after his glory. Puritans are probably the most striking example they came to this country in order to establish a godly Commonwealth even use Old Testament language to describe it.
I thought of themselves as establishing a new Israel in the wilderness, and even spoke of their mission as an errand into the wilderness by which they were reflecting consciously on the wondering of the Jewish people for the 40 years before they actually enter the promised land. That's the way the Puritans thought and in those early days of our history.
Although by no means was everybody Christian there were nevertheless large numbers of fervently sought after God. They prayed for his blessing.
And God heard them and did bless this country with peace and prosperity makes us reflect on where we stand today.
We are nowhere near being a Christian nation in our day. It is true that there is a Christian remnant in this country a substantial remnant that I am glad to see it because God were told spares nations for godly funeral.
He was willing to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for 10 righteous people of only that many could be found there. The fact that we have remnant of people who are godly in our country is an encouraging and comforting thing and it probably means that we been spared great disasters because of the godly remnant of the last when we look at our country and asked the question is of the Christian nation. Answer if were honest as it is anything but a Christian nation anymore used to be acknowledge God.
Now, it no longer does our country is a secular nation, and if you say what kind of secularism.
It is militantly secular, trying to drive God from national life is thoroughly as possible and if you say what is the God of our nation.
If our national God is not Jehovah. The answer is our God is money simply an honest way of speaking. I tremble for our country.
When I think of what's happening. I think of the heritage that we have spurned really pray for our nation along those lines pray for God's mercy and at the same time you say God. Nevertheless, even in the midst of a secular environment blesses his people and that's what these verses describe the way in which God blesses his people general categories are mentioned. One is a God watches over his people. Some of the commentators are so impressed with this is since developed in these verses that they call or title. The stanza gods. I just as you could title the previous stanza gods word. I is upon all people according to these verses.
This is a statement of God's omniscience he sees and knows everything and notice how universal it is from heaven.
The Lord looks down and sees all mankind from his dwelling place.
He watches all who live on the earth. He who warm the hearts of all who considers everything they do.
There is a universal watchfulness of God over all people in all things that concern the psalmist is not for that though it's a background for what he is concerned about what he cares about is what he says in verse 18 the eyes of the Lord on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, not when he says in verse 18, that the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him. He's not thinking they are in exactly the same ways. Thinking earlier early racing. God sees everything and knows everything, but when he says the eyes of the Lord are on his people. He means God watches over them to care for them and to protect them, which is exactly what we saw in the earlier song.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you and watch over you.
God watches over us in order to rebuke us when we sin in order to help us when we stumble in order to counsel us and we don't know the way to go, and then to see as we walked down the path of the set before us.
If we deviate in order to get us back on the path that's the kind watchfulness.
We have landed God watches over you.
That way if God didn't watch over us. That way we would all be moments were unable to stand against the perils of life of the temptations the world of the devil need protecting, watching God and that's what God does leads to the second he talks about because his watchfulness naturally leads to protection. This is a way I understand the references to the king and the warrior and the horse. And all of that that context for the song of courses threats to Israel nationally by surrounding armies and says that God overthrows those armies in order to protect his people were not threatened by armies but we do have other threats that come into our lives and this is a reminder that God protects us from those now it's negative you say it's talking about the things God protects us from as I was reflecting on this. It occurred to me that most of these deliverances, we probably are utterly unaware him because we don't even see them coming as God deflects them from us before they even get within the field of our vision to get. Nevertheless, there there is Thanksgiving day we normally think positively and it's right that we do we think of personal blessings. We are thankful for our families and our homes and provision of needs such as food, work, thankful for friends and the freedoms we enjoy in a democratic nation and all of those things should be off and on our lips and tongues as we thank God for them and if we think beyond ourselves something in world wide scope while there are blessings there that we praise God for we praise God for the way in which so many peoples of the world have recently acquired or rediscovered their freedom and were thankful for the opportunities we have in our day because of the state of the world in technology to proclaim the gospel widely all of those are things which were very thankful in their positive things we can name that we know what they are ought to be thankful that your cedar these negative things that we should remember to thank God for what we can do it specifically because as I said we don't know what they are, but we can do it in categories you been spared serious sickness during this past year. Be thankful for that. Not everybody is been spared serious sickness and God sends illness to the lives of his people as well as health and he's given us out spared us from the sickness. We should be thankful for that. Have you been protected from harm from enemies you been protected work from those who might try to hurt you.
There are on the street. Those who might attack you personally are in your home might steal or do damage of protected in those areas, that's a negative blessing, but nevertheless a real one.
And how about temptation. The Bible tells us that there is no temptation taken us, but such as is common to man but God provides for us and them before it comes at the suggestion you say that there are many temptations that God doesn't even allowed to come into our lives and turns aside, knowing that if they did we fall wonderful that God does that God is certainly great God in his actions toward us both negatively and positively and finally in verse 19. You get to God's preserving care of his people. You see, you have is watching over us and then you have his protection office and now you have his preserving care covers a lot of that verse God's unfailing love is on us to deliver us from death to keep us alive in times of famine that includes all the positive things I mentioned God's provision for our physical needs while in verses 20 through 22, we come to the end and as I said at the beginning we strike a different note here and in the opening called worship you have jubilant excitement.
People are being called upon to sing and shout him making noise to God because they're so thankful to say now, having rehearsed his goodness to us and thought about these things, meditated on his unfailing love, which is a theme throughout the very end you find people settling down and declaring that they are going to wait and hope for the Lord, knowing that he's there help in their shield interview.
When I do that we really wait for the Lord we say we know who we is thankful for what he's done. Do we really trust it in our present circumstances were not very thankful.
We mention our appreciation of past blessings and provisions, but distrusted now God and provided in the past is the same is unchanged. He continues to provide he will provide. So we could wait and hope for them to do what he will do Charles Spurgeon has a story and the treasury of David which he attributes to an old writer's name is Edmund economy of the old writers and preachers about a young man was at sea on the ship's were dangerous days ships were small and the ship got into a terrible storm and everybody was frightened of course were in danger of losing their lives. They were at their wits and all except this young man seemed to be perfectly call even cheerful in the midst of the storm and some of the passengers asking how he could be cheerful when they were all in danger of losing their lives and he said well my father is the pilot of the ship. I know he's going to take good care of me now in human terms that might be of misplaced confidence because however loving and concerned the father might be. There are always circumstances in life that are beyond us and nobody can guarantee the physical, much less the spiritual well-being of another.
When we talk about God, the God who is described to us in this Psalm is quite different. This is the God who brought the whole creation, the heavens and earth into beating by his word and the mere breath of his mouth. God watches over his people flailing the plans of the nations and turning aside the purposes of their people.
He doesn't just protect us from individuals who protects us from whole nations that is God's history for our benefit is that God watches over us constantly with Texas and provides for us in all things. This is the God we worship.
This is the God we worship and we can really rest in him.
We can wait and hope for him to do what he will do and while we wait and hope we can be thankful. I say that no one who trusts in this God will never be disappointed as God Jehovah God of the Old Testament, the God of the new God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, indeed, Jesus Christ himself faithful God. No wonder the people conclude by saying that your unfailing love rest upon us. Oh Lord, even as we put our hope in you spray father. We do thank you for all that you have revealed to us in your word about yourself often when we come to day such as this express thanks to you we think only for what you done getting what you have done for us. Close out of what you are.
You have protected us because you're all-powerful and guided us because you are all truth and you are provided for every need. Because you are all love our father while we rightly thank you for what we've experienced of your grace our thoughts are at the same time directed back to who you are and we would ask that if, as we have lived our lives over the last weeks or months or year. We have been going off from your way pursuing our own plans rather than yours.
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