Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Psalm 33

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

Do you have a favourite Psalm?

It’s difficult when there are so many to choose from isn’t it?

One of my favourites is Psalm 33 which is a beautiful hymn of praise focusing on who God is and what he does.

Here are some of its themes that inspire me:

  1. The Lord ‘deserves your praise’ (V.1 Contemporary English Version). Faithful and thoughtful worship recognises the character of God and praises Him for He ‘…is truthful; he can be trusted. He loves justice and fairness, and he is kind to everyone everywhere on earth’. (V.4-5 CEV)
  2. The psalmist envisages that our worship of God will involve enthusiasm, [‘Sing joyfully to the LORD…’ (V.1 NIV)] and creativity in music and song. ‘Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy’. (V 2-3 NIV)
  3. God’s word is powerful and effective. What He says happens, as is clearly seen in creation. ‘By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm’. (V. 6-9 NIV)
  4. God is utterly sovereign. ‘The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations’. (V. 10-11 NIV)
  5. The Lord blesses His people who give Him the worship He is due. ‘The LORD blesses each nation that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones’. (V. 12 CEV)
  6. The Lord is the perfect Judge. ‘The LORD looks at the world from his throne in heaven, and he watches us all. The LORD gave us each a mind, and nothing we do can be hidden from him’. (V. 13-15 CEV)
  7. Man is never saved by his own strength and power. Our ultimate hope is in the Lord. ‘Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king; great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe. In war the strength of a horse cannot be trusted to take you to safety. But the LORD watches over all who honor him and trust his kindness. He protects them from death and starvation’. (V. 16-19 CEV)
  8. We can depend on God and that should lead to rejoice and worship Him. ‘We depend on you, LORD, to help and protect us. You make our hearts glad because we trust you, the only God. Be kind and bless us! We depend on you’. (V. 20-22 CEV)

Why not take some time to reflect on this Psalm and praise God for whom He is and what He does for us.

Have a good week,

Pastor Barry

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