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Praise the Lord our God, for He rules - Jim Bell

Psalm 33 is a liturgy of praise of the Lord, our sovereign God. In the Psalms, calls for praise and motivations for praise belong to the language of praise.

God rules over His creation — so we must submit to His authority and praise Him as we worship and serve. We praise Him and submit to Him for four reasons: (1) His Word is right. God is right in His decisions, and in answer to our prayers. (2.) His work is trustworthy. (3.) He loves righteousness, and (4.) The earth is full of His love.

I had the privilege of working with a great pastor of the first Baptist Church of Jonesboro for a number of years. He was a true man of God and looked to the Lord for wisdom and guidance as he worked to expand our church.

Through the years of planning and building the new sanctuary, he thought and prayed through every move we made and came up with the right answer every time. As he was led by God, he led us to follow him and we loved serving with him.

When we have decisions to make, we should pray for guidance and learn to depend on the Lord in everything we do. I pray and ask God to give me titles for the articles I write, and when I follow His advice, the best articles are the result.

We should always praise God in our daily prayers. One good way to aid our prayers is to follow this acronym: A.C.T.S.

A –– is for adoration. Just adore God and praise Him.

C –– is for confession. We must confess our sins and unworthiness.

T –– is for thanksgiving. We must thank Him for His grace and salvation.

S –– is for supplication. We must thank Him for all the provisions He has given us.

As we worship God, we must appreciate Him for who He is — Great Creator, Mighty God, Savior and Lord.

Verses 6 and 7, of Psalm 33, praise Him for His creation. This is the greatest miracle God ever performed — He created the universe out of nothing! Verse 9 says He spoke and it came to be! Verse 8 says: “Let all the earth fear the Lord.”

We stand in awe of Him. We revere Him; we have profound respect for Him. Verse 11 says: “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” His counsel stands forever.

Colossians 1:17 says: “He [Jesus] is before all things and by Him all things hold together.”

Psalm 33, verses 12-17 tell us: Blessed or happy is the nation whose God is the Lord. He sees all and knows all. He crafts and works on our hearts to help us to exalt Him. He has great strength; none of our armaments provide complete safety for us, but God does. He is our shield and protector.

Verses 20-22 says: We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Have you put your hope in the Lord?

I pray you will.