Encouragement from Psalm 33

While doing some devotional reading this morning, I was directed to Psalm 33. Seeing an old NASV Bible on the table next to me, I was prompted to pick it up. A few verses in Psalm 33 had been highlighted with a note in the margin explaining that these verses had been sent to us (actually, they were left on our answering machine) by our friends Steve & Bobbi Whinery in May of 1983. The memories of that season of our lives came flooding in. I won’t take time here to explain those circumstances in any detail except to say that they closely parallel the current season of our lives. In short, we really needed wisdom to discern the Lord’s will and direction for our lives; we were at a “crossroads” and we needed to know if we were to go left, go right or stand still. The Lord really used the verses below to buoy our faith that spring evening 31 years ago, and He did the same for me this morning as He took me on a stroll down memory lane. He sees, He hears, He knows, He is trustworthy — so deserving of my/our complete trust. It’s in that regard that I share these familiar verses with you here. Perhaps they will encourage some of you as they did me. Read on ~

The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; From His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth…Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.” (Psalm 33:13-14,18-21; nasv)

The concluding verse of Psalm 33 became our prayer that night, and it was/is mine this morning: Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord , be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.” (V:22)

** While referencing “The Treasury of David” this morning, I found the following commentary on this particular section of Psalm 33 ~ “Think not that God sits on high taking no account of thee. Remember that however poor and needy thou art, yet the Lord thinketh upon thee. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards Him.” (Spurgeon)

Spurgeon then quotes the hymn writer William Cowper ~

“Oh! then repeat the truth that never tires; 
No God is like the God my soul desires; 
He at whose voice heaven trembles, even He, 
Great as He is, knows how to stoop to me.”

The following is my personal declaration ~ “In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, O Lord, lead me and guide me.” (Psalm 31:1-3)

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