Shout for Joy in the Lord

The Songs of Joy
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Reading the Word

Psalm 33:1–9 (ESV)

1 Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. 2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 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.

Understanding and Applying the Word

We are called to praise God. It is the proper response of those who belong to him. Yet, we should not understand that this is something that we do out of obligation. It is to be done out of joy. The righteous rejoice in God and praise him.

But why?

Because “the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.” God’s word is right. It results in life and righteousness. And God is faithful to his word. Unlike a friend who promises, but never delivers, God keeps every promise. You can count on his word! After all, it is the same word that created the world and everything in it. God’s power and goodness is shown in his word.

Let us therefore shout for joy in the Lord, who has spoken to us through his written word (the Bible). And let us rejoice in his faithfulness to keep his word because that is where we find hope.

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