Psalm 33 & Next Week’s Reading Schedule

We pay for month by month internet, which also has a maximum usage, and we actually used it up, so our internet expired Saturday literally while I was typing this up. We refilled/recharged/paid for it today, so here you go.

Today        Psalm 33

Tuesday    Psalm 34

Wednesday    Psalm 35

Thursday    Romans 7

Friday        Psalm 36

Saturday    Psalm 37

Overview

Praise the Lord! God is upright and faithful, loves righteousness and justice. He fills the earth with His love. He is Creator, and has all the power. People, armies, powerful beasts are nothing as compared with Him. He is the only one who can deliver a soul from death. We are to fear him, be glad in him, trust him, and hope in him.

Characters

The Psalmist, the Lord, the earth, the heavens, the host of the heavens, all the inhabitants of the world, the counsel of the nations, the peoples, the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage, all the children of man, kings, warriors, those who fear the Lord, those who hope in Him, our soul, our heart

Key Verse

Verse 4-5 “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.”

Cross References

Psalm 119:75 “I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.”

Psalm 11:7 “For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.”

Psalm 36:5-6 “Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.”

Psalm 45:7 “you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;”

Psalm 89:14 “Righteousness and justice ae the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”

Psalm 119:64 “The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!”

Conclusion

If we truly believe that we are full of the love of Christ, and that we have surrendered our lives to God, then we believe He knows what is happening in our lives. He is in charge. I think our sin binds us, but also, God gives us challenges that seem binding or painful. We have to grow through them to get to the place He wants us to be, to mature to be the person He wants us to be. So, the very first cross reference, that God has afflicted him is true. God put us around people that will hurt us (especially in the church), or puts us in a work place with bad ethics, or we can’t get a job, or…what is your affliction from God? How are you growing through it? Are you hoping in a human salvation, that the other person will change, or that you will figure your way out of it? Are you hoping in God’s salvation power, a salvation that you must wait on patiently, all the while praising him?

Jesus in the Psalm

“Specific commands in verses 1-3 also teach that God’s grace is worthy of our skill, freshness, and fervor. Playing “skillfully” implies mastery and excellence (v. 3). A “new song” calls experienced worshipers to renew their praise for their Savior (v. 3; cf. Eph. 5:19; Rev. 14:3). And shouting connotes fervent preparation of mind and body to engage in worship energetically. Inspiration for such vigor in worship is not peripheral tol the biblical version of Christian worship. Because of who God is, supremely in the incarnate Christ who was given for us and for our salvation, he deserves our all (cf. Rom. 12:1-2).”*

Ephesians 5:18-21 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

Revelation 14:1-3 “Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.”

Romans 12:1-2 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

“Jesus came teaching and healing in order to convince us that it is our “Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Through the gospel, we have all we could ever want or need, and all for free.”*

Luke 12:32-34 “”Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Monday: Psalm 34

*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Psalm section, so these are paraphrases and quotes from the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.

Thank you for reading. I am excited to hear your key verses, observations, and thoughts! Please leave a comment to share them with us.

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One thought on “Psalm 33 & Next Week’s Reading Schedule

  1. It seems to me that the “conflict” is the flesh, which lives in the world, and we are warned not to conform to it. It seems also that the desire for the “things” is even a distraction itself. We have been placed in the world. We are in the soup, so to say. All that is of the world is a distraction from who we truly are… you know, “before” we got these bodies. Unethical workplaces, “shortages”, poverty or wealth, all are merely the results of the world’s seductive influence. “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and these things will be added unto you.” I think even the rich man did a lot of good things with his money. He was very likely a good man. But, he still had to have the money first, and that was the distraction of focus.

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