Psalm 33 – The Steadfast Love of the Lord

Friends fail us. Stocks plummet. Health is unreliable. A promise is broken. Need I say more? The fact is, there is nothing, no one, anywhere in which/whom we can place our unqualified trust and be assured it/they will not let us down.
So what’s a person to do? If no one is infallibly worthy of our unquestioning trust, where do we turn? To whom do we ultimately look? In what do we put our hope?
For anyone who reads the Psalms, the answer is obvious. The only thing in life or death that merits our trust is God’s love. The dollar may rise or fall, nations may totter on the brink of destruction, a spouse may prove unfaithful, but through it all the confidence of the child of God ought to remain constant and unaffected, because God’s love never fails.
Three times in Psalm 33 we are told about God’s “steadfast” (ESV) or “unfailing love” (NIV; “lovingkindness” in the NASB). When everything and everyone else bottoms out, the psalmist assures us that “the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord” (v. 5). The eyes of the Lord, he tells us, are “on those who hope in his steadfast love” (v. 18). His prayer gets right to the point: “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you” (v. 22).
Whatever else may happen in this world, whoever else may turn their back on you when the chips are down, of this you may be sure: he whose trust and hope and confidence is in the unfailing love of God will never be put to shame.
That’s what Psalm 33 is all about. It was written to remind you and me that there is one refuge that is impenetrable to disappointment and betrayal. You may think you’re all out of confidence, but what little you’ve got left, invest in the unfailing love of an undying God.

Sam Storms

Read Psalm 33 and notice the four reasons why people should worship God: (1) his Word, (2) his plans, (3) his knowledge, and (4) his steadfast love. Which of these do you not acknowledge sufficiently? How can you grow in this area?

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Posted on: June 14, 2018 - 10:00PM

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