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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #123
Posted: July 1, 2007

PSALM 33:18-22

Let us complete our study of Psalm 33.  I have entitled this Psalm, “The Praise Of Jehovah”.  We want to look at verses 18-22 which I have called ‘The Comfort Of Worship’.  O how our hearts have been warmed in this Psalm to worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth.  Our text this week says, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee

In verses 18-19 let us look at a ‘Comforting Security’.  We are told in verse 18 the “…eye of the LORD is upon them…” It is a great comfort to our hearts to know His eyes are upon us.  For the child of God this is a great comfort but for them that walk in disobedience it is an alarming fear.  These are His eyes of love. O dear child of God, He does care for His own.  There are His eyes of control.  Our Lord controls all things both good and evil.  We are told that His eyes are upon “…them…” We are given words by David to describe ‘them’.  I am convinced that His eyes are not upon all in the same way.  His eyes are upon them that “…fear him,” The word ‘fear’ has the idea of a reverential awe and respect for.  They who fear God need not fear anything else.  This fear is the source of many things.  Solomon said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  His eyes are also upon them that “…hope in his mercy;” The word ‘mercy’ means to withhold from one what they deserve.  The word ‘hope’ means confident expectation.  Our Lord’s eyes are looking upon the ones who have the confidence that the Lord is going to withhold from them what they deserve.  His eyes, we are told in verse 19, will keep us from “…death,” and keep us “…alive…” in time of national trouble such as ‘famine’.  This is a comforting security for my heart.

In verses 20-21 we see ‘A Comforting Soul’.  We find the word ‘our’ used several times in our text.  It speaks of our personal possession.  What a blessing to know something about the Lord’s love to me personally.  David says His soul “…waiteth…” for the Lord.  There are many ways to wait.  We can wait while pacing in frenzy.  We can wait in a peaceful repose.  May our soul take on His easy yoke and light burden while we wait.  We are told that He is our “…help…” in time of labor and our “…shield…” in a time of battle.  In verse 21 David’s heart breaks out in rejoicing.  “The root of faith in due time bears the flower of rejoicing. Doubts breed sorrow, confidence creates joy.” (Spurgeon)  Worry is a dark room where only negatives can be developed.  Let us learn to rejoice in our hearts and it will make its way to our outward person in time.

In verse 22 we have ‘A Confident Supplication’.  This is a powerful prayer for mercy.  David asks for mercy to be “…upon…” him.  Remember, mercy is God withholding from us what we deserve.  He says let it be according to our “…hope…” Our Lord has said in other places according to your faith be it unto you.  Let us not forget that even when our hope is weak our Lord has promised to do for us above what we ask or even think. 

Let us go to our places of worship these days whether it be for public or private worship with a greater zeal to worship our Lord in Spirit and in Truth.  He is still seeking such to worship Him.

             

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