Thursday, March 15, 2012

Keep the New Songs Coming

1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.

3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

11 The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

—Psalm 33 KJV Bible

This psalm has no superscription, so it is not certain who was the psalmist—the person who composed this psalm. In this song, the psalmist calls on the righteous to praise the Lord because of His dependability as Ruler and Judge. The psalmist then closes with a final chorus of praise.

In verses 1 through 3, the psalmist asks the righteous to praise the Lord. It is only fitting that those who are now righteous should praise the One who has made them to be righteous. And they should not just sing one of the old songs, but they should play and sing a new song, loudly and joyfully to their Lord.

In verses 4 through 12, the psalmist explains that the Lord is a dependable Ruler. Verses 4 through 5 seem to summarize the psalm, declaring that God is dependable in all His words and His works, which are characterized by righteousness, justice, and grace. In verse 7, "the depth," sometimes translated as "the deeps," is a reference to the vast and violent oceans of water which God controls in the same way as a farmer who stores his goods.

In verses 13 through 19, the psalmist explains that the Lord is a dependable Judge. He sees all. He made all and knows them. No king is greater than God. No weapon is greater than the saving power of the loving God.

In verses 20 through 22, the psalmist brings another chorus of praise to the Lord. We desperately wait for our Helper, our Protector, our faithfully loving Lord.

Father, I know that I get bogged down in day-to-day living. But just as You give me a new day, I should sing a new song of praise to You, loudly and joyfully. Help me each day to compose my new song.


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