Let’s look at Psalm 33.
What do your prayers consist of? Are they normally a long list of requests? Requests for provision, healing, blessings? These things are good and God tells us in His Word to pray in these ways, but have you ever spent time in prayer, intentionally focused on praising God for who He is? What about now, in the midst of a pandemic? Will you still praise God for who He is?
Psalm 33 is what is known as a hymn of praise to God. At the beginning of this psalm, David invites the reader to “shout for joy…give thanks to the Lord…make melody to him…sing to Him a new song.” In verses 4-19, David basically tells us why we should praise the Lord, and then in verses 20-22, David makes a proclamation of confidence and trust in the Lord.
Psalm 33: 4-12
4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
he puts the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!
David says we should praise the Lord because His word is righteous and full of steadfast love (verses 4-5). We should praise the Lord because, by His Word, He created the heavens and earth (verses 6-9). We should praise the Lord because he is trustworthy and sovereign over all of the earth (verses 9-12).
I love the ending of this psalm because it ends in an affirmation of David’s trust in God.
Psalm 33: 20-22
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
I want to show you through this psalm, that when you spend time praising God and giving thanks to God, it is easier to trust in God, to hope in God, and to not be afraid, even in difficult times. I want you to try this today. I know there are a lot requests we can bring to God, and I encourage you to bring those to Him, but spend time today in intentional praise for who He is and watch your confidence and trust in God begin to grow.