Reading the Word
Psalm 33:10–17 (ESV)
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! 13 The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; 14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. 16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In verses 1-9, Psalm 33 tells us that we can rejoice in God because his word is sure. He is faithful to fulfill what he has said. Verses 10-17 continue this theme by telling us that the plans of mankind are subject to the plans of the Lord. The plans of the nations come to nothing while the plans of God stand forever.
The question that is raised by these verses is “What are you trusting in?” Are you trusting in your own strength, as a king who trusts in his army? Know this: it is God who sits enthroned and who is the true King. He rules over all and it is only by his will that we are saved. It is not our own strength or our own doing.
May we consider the grace of God in our lives as we enjoy the lives that he has given us and may we call out to him in praise. And if you have not already, call out to the gracious King who is ready and willing to save you from your sin and give you eternal life.
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