Psalm 33 (Part 2) – Praise Leads to Confidence

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Psychology was not an established science in the days of the Proverbs. Never-the-less, the author of Proverbs understands humans with great clarity when he writes, “As a person thinks in their heart, so they are” (Proverbs 23.7).

Our confidence in God will increase the more we fill our inner self with thoughts of God’s greatness, power, glory, loving-kindness, truth, faithfulness, and such.

Praise has a purpose. Praise produces courage, faith, insight, guidance, and so much for for the person who spends time each day in the worship of God.

The Blessed Nation

Verse 12 is the key verse of the entire Psalm. It stands at the pinnacle of the Psalm and should receive extra emphasis.

Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord;
happy are the people he has chosen for his own!
(Psalm 33.12)

We have seen God’s word and his works as worthy to be praised. Because of God’s greatness, we can fully rely on him even in the face of threats from enemies.

When a nation accepts the lordship of God, they are counted as blessed. They are aligned with the Creator-God of the universe. They can fully rely on his interest and care.

God’s Care for His People

God is all knowing and all powerful. God’s people can rejoice that he has chosen them to be his own.

The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees all of us humans.
From where he rules, he looks down
on all who live on earth.
He forms all their thoughts
and knows everything they do.

A king does not win because of his powerful army;
a soldier does not triumph because of his strength.
War horses are useless for victory;
their great strength cannot save.

The Lord watches over those who obey him,
those who trust in his constant love.
He saves them from death;
he keeps them alive in times of famine.
(Psalm 33.13-19)

One of my great joys is to tell people that God knows their name. He knows their hopes, their dreams, their hurts, and every aspect of their lives. Verses 13-15 make that point by saying he “looks down on us . . . sees us . . . and knows our thoughts.”

Look back over some of God’s great qualities that are presented in this Psalm. The One who knows all about you is true, dependable, righteous, just, and his constant love fills the earth (verses 4-5).

The most sophisticated and advanced military weapons are no match for God. An active faith in God’s constant love saves people who are on God’s side.

This is our God! Praise him! Draw near to him and let his love surround you.

Our Response of Confidence

Praise promotes confidence. When we know God, we can completely rely on God for his direction and protection.

We put our hope in the Lord;
he is our protector and our help.
We are glad because of him;
we trust in his holy name.
(Psalm 33.20-21)

Remember God’s word in Proverbs: “As a person thinks in their heart, so they are” (Proverbs 23.7).

Think about all who God is and what he has done for you. Thinking about God and giving him praise will shape what you think about the world, world-events, your troubles, and all that concerns you.

You can fully rely on him and actively trust his NAME. Remember, God’s name reflects his character, his attributes, and his nature, which have been the theme of this Psalm.

God stakes his NAME, his very reputation, on his ability to help people who trust in him. We honor his NAME by following his direction and by coming to him with the various needs of our lives.

Concluding Prayer

God’s constant love is one of his greatest attributes. As you pray the last verse of this Psalm, tell God that you are putting your active faith in his constant love.

May your constant love be with us, Lord,
as we put our hope in you.
(Psalm 33.22)

May We Pray for You?

Maywood Baptist Church’s prayer team is honored to pray for you. Please email me at bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. I will pray for you and send your request to the prayer team.

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