A reflection on Psalm 33
When invited to write a blog about a Psalm, several favourites immediately sprang to mind, 23, 51, 121, but my eyes finally alighted on 33 – a psalm I did not remember, but for some unknown reason had circled in my Bible. Some folk believe the Bible to be outdated, history and irrelevant. After several readings of this psalm, I realised just how relevant God’s word is in January 2021 in the midst of a Covid 19 pandemic.
The psalm begins with music and singing. There has been so much talk recently regarding the lack of live music of all genres and, of course, our own singing. How many have missed singing together in church or with their community choir? Music and singing are good for us, as they lift our spirits to another plain and make us feel happy. Think of the dementia patients who can barely string a sentence together, yet can remember the words to a song. Have you witnessed the smiles on their faces as they sing?
In this psalm we learn why we should sing our praises and whom we should praise - our Lord God - because of who He is and what He has done. He is a faithful and just God, whose word is right and true (‘solid to the core’ – The Message). He loves His people and will never let them down. When He created the world, it was ‘very good’ (Gen 1 v 31) and it still is. He commanded and it stood firm; He brought us stability and security.
In the silence of the first lockdown, was it not said that the bright, blue sky was free of noisy planes and vapour trails, the roads were quiet, so beautiful birdsong could be heard, the air was purer and many folk were reawakened to the wonders of nature. God created a garden of Eden for us, but sin entered in and life began to change and disintegrate. But, even in 2021 look at the stars on a clear night or examine a tiny, delicate flower and be reminded of how great our creator God is. His wonderful world is still around us even in the midst of these dark days of turmoil, when sometimes our eyes are closed to its beauty. Stop, look and reflect! So many reasons to sing His praises.
However, individuals and our nation chose not to hear or listen to the message, because sin had entered our world and egotism became central – my status, my achievements, my appearance, ME! Many the world over rejected God and His creation and lived life without Him, but He reigns over all and even though plans are made by powerful people, world leaders, it is God alone whose plans stand firm. His purposes will always overrule, so
‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.’ V 12
He watches over all mankind and observes how we live day by day. Do we follow Him or turn away? Even those powerful men cannot succeed unless their plans are according to God’s will, because He is sovereign.
‘Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.’ Proverbs 19 v 21
God loves those who follow Him – He will protect, lead and rescue all who respect and love Him.
Although we are living through extremely strange times and many are fearful, there is a solution.
Read 2 Chronicles 7 v 14
‘if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’
Our land needs healing, but do we truly believe and are we willing to repent (turn away from sin)? There is no need to fear if we put our trust in God.
‘He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.’ v 20b, 21
Do you know God? Have you put your trust in Him? He is waiting to rescue you today, because He loves you. Turn to Him, say a simple prayer and invite Him into your heart and life. When He responds, you’ll want to praise Him and sing!
‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.’ Luke 11 v 9,10
I pray you have found or will find that open door! What a welcome awaits you!
By June Hawke
June is married to Malcolm, has three daughters and nine grandchildren. She has been attending St Margaret's Church for 41 years and has served as church warden twice and in various other roles, particularly where children and women are concerned. She is currently the homegroup co-ordinator.
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