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Psalm 33

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Praise for the Lord's Dependable Care and Control

Psalm 33

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Lesson Number 24

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers should praise the Lord for His sovereign care of creation.
  2. Believers should praise the Lord for His sovereign control of history.

Practical Application

  1. Rejoice in the standards of God.
  2. Rejoice in the sovereignty of God.

Questions

  1. What should praise songs be about?
  2. What is meant by a “new song” in verse 3?
  3. Which verses in this psalm support God’s creation week rather than the evolutionary process?
  4. What is the teaching of verses 10-11?

Answers

  1. Praise songs should be about the Lord – who He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. Our praise should not focus on ourselves, but on the Lord.
  2. The idea is that our praise should be fresh and not stale. The truth is not new or changing, but the appreciation of our redemption and the Lord’s faithfulness should bring new and fresh praise from our hearts. See Lamentations 3:22-23.
  3. verses 6 and 9
  4. No matter what the peoples and nations of history have planned with their political power and military strength, it comes to nothing if it is not in line with God’s plan for history.

Discuss/Consider

  1. “The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” Psalm 33:5 Recall a time when you have enjoyed God’s goodness through His creation. Recall the sights, sounds, and smells. How did these testify to you about God?
  2. Psalms 33:16-18 makes it clear that every battle in history has been under the sovereign control of God. Recall examples of this from biblical battles. Can you think of any modern day examples? There are many from the modern State of Israel.
  3. Discuss what it means to rejoice in the standards of God. Do you think there is a difference between tolerating God’s moral standards and obeying them?

Challenge

  1. Knowing that God controls all things should give you great confidence as a believer. Do you rejoice in the sovereignty of God?

Key Verses

  • "For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD." Psalm 33:4-5
  • "Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy." Psalm 33:18

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