“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” Psalm 33:4-9.
Psalm 33 is a hymn praising the Lord. There are different areas of praise pointed out. Psalm 33 praises the word of God. What is the word of the Lord? How is it different than our words? Can we even comprehend the word of God? Psalm 33 defines the concept of God’s word with descriptors such as love, righteousness, being upright, steadfast, creation, the breathe of God, storehouses, standing firm, commandment, fear and awe. If we understand the word of God, our praise will change for the better. The Word of God can be discussed in categories: God’s creation, our obedience, and our reverence for the Lord.
The word of God starts with God’s creation. The first sentence in Genesis: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth.” The new testament reaffirms this in John 1:3 “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” It is promised. It requires faith. If we need something God will provide it. We do not create. Everything comes from God. But why? Those who struggle to believe miss the key of creation…God loves us! This is recognized in Psalm 33, “…the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.” When we see God’s love, we can see and have faith in creation. Because God’s love is His word, he is committed, faithful, to us.
The awesome magnificence of God’s creation is also praised in Psalm 33. The heavens and earth? God’s creation. The bird soaring, the birth of a child, the color of leaves in the fall, the skyscraper, are all His doing. Just say it, God did it! God also created the new Heaven, which is described in Revelation 21 and 22. What does God say from His throne in heaven? “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:6. Things we see, things we don’t see, things valued, things overlooked, are all from the glory and grace of our Lord.
Psalm 33 also talks of a storehouse. The creation of God is never done. Jehovah Jireh- God provides. In God’s time, everything we need is revealed. An example? Missionaries have built new schools in third world countries. The bricks and mortar will be there, God will provide. The safety of those building the school is promised by the armor of God [Ephesians 6:10-20]. The teachers that will be needed have already been blessed with their abilities by God. The students are thirsting for education, and God provided. The path is made before we ever get there. This allows us to live in the present and concentrate on serving the Lord. This also allows for God’s vision to guide creation. Paul tells us why this is so important in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…”
Obedience to God requires a physical, mental and spiritual commitment. The physical commitment may sound simple, but we need to do the work. That missionary school will never come to fruition if we never lay the bricks. The teachers may have been gifted by God, but they must crack the books, study and acquire the knowledge and wisdom their profession requires. Students must show up to class, pay attention to the lessons, and do the homework. The school be awesome, if we do the work.
The mental and spiritual commitment to God requires a heart change. We need to think about God before we think about self. We need to live for HIM. God’s word will help us achieve being at one God. We can listen to God conversationally through prayer. We can read his written word. We can converse in small groups, absorbing God’s word as a community in Christ. And we can worship as one, connecting with God as one. These methods of listening to God’s word make us more like God, imitators of His love (Ephesians 5:1). This results in a mental and spiritual commitment to God. Go0d asks us to be upright and righteous. We cannot do the right things for the right reasons without the mental and spiritual commitment to God.
“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9[a]. This is how Jesus told us to pray. In reverence. “…let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!” Psalm 33:8. But how does this impact God’s word. We listen to HIM the same way we listened to our fathers and mothers when we were young. We hung on their words, never doubting what we were told. We would never think of talking back, we lived with a respectful fear. And that is how we need to listen to God…with awesome fear. Everything he tells us is true, HE is incapable of lying. We are not to question God. When you ask someone what the Book of Job is about, most will tell you it is a story of the restoration of Job. But it is also about the reverence of God. In chapter 38 God answers Job’s question of why: “ I [God] will question you, and you make it known to me. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know!” God is in charge. His word is absolute and we are accountable to Him.
We need to respect everything God says and does, for it perfect and far better than our words. To deviate from His word is certain to bring failure and evil into our lives. Too often we try to do everything our way, and only seek God’s sage words when we fail. It is much easier to look at the map, God’s path, before we are lost. And God’s word is the map to that narrow path.
Praising the word of God is something we need to do daily. God’s creation, which is magnificent and beyond our comprehension, needs to be embraced. Our obedience allows God’s creation to bear fruit in our lives. And we should never forget to fear our loving Father, whose word is before us.