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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #121
Posted: June 1, 2007

PSALM 33:10-12

We have entitled this precious Psalm of David, “The Praise Of Jehovah”.  David sure lets us see the creator and controller of all things who is worthy of our praise.  We have thus far looked at ‘The Command Of Worship’ (Vs. 1-3), and ‘The Creator Of Worship’ (Vs. 4-9).

This week we will look at verses 10-12 which says,The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

I have entitled this section ‘The Counsel Of Worship’.  The word ‘counsel’ means a deliberate, determined purpose and plan.  It is a word we sometimes use to describe God’s will.  We are told in Ephesians 1:11 these words, “…being predestined according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”  It seems from this text that He has but one will and He is working all things accordingly.

In the study of our text we see in verse 10, ‘The Counsel Of The Evil’.  The word ‘bringeth’ has the idea of causing something to happen.  The Lord will cause the plan and purpose of the heathen to come to nought.  Heathen is a word used to describe the nations or the lost of this world system.  The word ‘nought’ means of no effect, useless.  I believe the good old USA is close to being described as a heathen nation.  I wonder how much of the plans and purposes of our governmental lawmakers are being brought to a place of being of no effect and useless.

The word ‘device’ in verse 10 means the intentions, plots, cunning work, and inventions of the imagination.  David said the LORD “…maketh…of none effect.”  The word ‘maketh’ has the idea of one who ordains the happenings of different things.  O how much of the schemes and plans of man are but an adventure of a fools errand.

In verse 11 we are confronted with ‘The Counsel Of The Eternal’.  We are told in verse 11 that His counsel (plans and purposes) “…standeth for ever.”  The word ‘standeth’ means to remain fixed in a present state.  The word ‘for ever’ has the idea of endless and while the ages roll on.  Let us discard our counsels and lay hold of the eternal counsels of our Lord.  They will be around when the world is on fire.  We are told the thoughts of His heart to the generations have never changed.  Can you imagine a God who has never had a new thought or a first time thought?  He did everything before He did anything.  I tell you those kinds of thoughts make me want to lay down my pen, bow my knees, and worship Jehovah God.  Maybe we ought to take a worship break. Selah!

In verse 12 we see ‘The Counsel Of The Elect’.  In this verse the people of God are referred to as the ‘chosen’.  The word means to pick out of a group and to prefer one above another.  The counsel of God has chosen a people whom Paul tells us happened before time began.   Do remember the counsel of God will stand forever.  The text tells us that they are a ‘blessed’ people.  The word implies spiritual success and happiness.  We are also called His ‘inheritance’.  The word means ones portion or allotment.  I cannot imagine being the Lord’s portion that He will call His own in the ages to come.  How can we study these truths and not want to lift our hands in adoration, praise, and worship to our Jehovah God.