I read Psalm 33 the other day as I was pondering material for a devotional at a church luncheon. Several things stuck out to me, especially with the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner.
Considering the angst in the general public regarding our President’s executive order on immigration, I’m compelled to share these thoughts with you. There are things like this that happen every single day, throughout the world, that can take our eyes off of the Lord, if we let it. This brief series of thoughts from Psalm 33 are helpful reminders to me and I hope they are encouraging to you, too.
Thanksgiving Thoughts From Psalm 33
Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright. (v. 1)
It is right, or “fitting”, for us to praise God. In the New Testament, we have a command that addresses our more natural inclination:
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, (Phil. 2:14)
When we hear about things going on in our country, it’s easy to only see the negative and to grumble or complain. I like the point Pastor Scott made in a sermon: “When you’re driving down the highway, you only notice the bad drivers and car wrecks and things like that…you don’t tend to notice the good drivers and how well they are driving” [paraphrase]. It’s human nature to notice what is going wrong; we can’t stop doing that. However, we can control our next steps – our reactions. As Christians, it is fitting that we should praise the Lord.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. (v. 5)
Our God loves what is right. He loves justice. It seems like, not just in our country, but in the world-at-large, that the rich get richer, while the poor get poorer. We can start feeling like things are just not fair. We do this even in our own families, or own churches, as well; we compare our (poor) circumstances to someone else’s (seemingly-rich) circumstances and end up disgruntled, discouraged, and discontent.
However, Psalm 33, verse 5 reminds us that the Lord loves what is right and He loves justice. Jesus Christ’s righteousness is what He sees when He looks upon us (as Christians). We are already righteous, in one sense. However, there are still right things for us to do. Space does not permit a list of the commands there are in Scripture. Keep this in mind though: right actions are born of right thoughts. Rather than letting the circumstances in our country, or on your Facebook feed, lead you to the sludge of discontentment, think on whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable. (Phil. 4:8)
In Part 2 we’ll see God’s actions regarding those who are against him and be encouraged by His regard for us – stay tuned!