We continue our
study this week of Psalm 33, which we have entitled ‘The Praise
Of Jehovah’. We have divided this text into the sections of ‘The
Command Of Worship’ (Vs. 1-3), ‘The Creator Of Worship’
(Vs. 4-9), and ‘The Counsel Of Worship’ (Vs. 10-12).
This week we turn
our thoughts to verses 13-17, which says, “The Lord looketh from
heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his
habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He
fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. There
is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not
delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety:
neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.”
I have entitled this
section, ‘The Creatures Of Worship’. In verses 13-14 we find
our God the creator and controller of all things looking upon the ‘Towns
Of Creation’. We are told that our Lord is looking our way.
The word ‘looketh’ means to look intently at with favor,
pleasure and care. In verse 13 we are told He ‘beholdeth’
the sons of men. The word means to gaze upon. There is certainly a
truth in which our God looks upon all of His creation. ‘The eyes
of the Lord are in every place beholding the evil and the good.’
Our Lord is in His ‘habitation’. (Vs. 14) This word means a
place where one has a continual dwelling place. In verse 14 we are
told our Lord looketh upon all the ‘inhabitants’ of the
earth. This word is the same as a place where one has their
dwelling. Our Lord is looking from His house into our house. Oh,
let us from the towns of our abodes be cautious in all that we do
because the eyes of the Lord are upon us. For the sinner this
should be an alarming thought but for the child of God a great
promise of comfort.
In verse 15 we are
confronted with ‘The Traits Of The Creatures’. In His
consideration of their works all of creation is different. Red and
yellow, black and white, they are all different in His sight. They
have one common thread. He has fashioned their hearts all alike.
Every created being is bound with a depraved heart. Each one has a
great void of emotions that only our God can fill. Man will try all
the creature comforts of this world to fill that void but it will
only end in hopelessness. All of creation is distinctively
different physically but oh so much alike spiritually.
In verses 16-17 we
are confronted with ‘The Trials Of The Creatures’. In verse
16 we find that God is not impressed by our great military might.
What a humiliation to America to find that which we have trusted in
most may ultimately be our down fall. “The all seeing God
preserves the poorest of His people when they are alone and
friendless, but ten thousand armed men cannot ensure safety to him
who God leaves to destruction.” (Spurgeon) We find in verse 17
that military strength has always been the pride of the great world
empires thus the strongest defenses is less than nothing when most
needed. God is our only source of great strength. Let us trust and
adore Him alone.
As we ponder the
creatures of this world let the question of our soul be, that the
people we meet may they matter to us as much as they matter to Him.
This will give great ground for worship.