Embodying Hope and Turning to God in Prayer
Psalm 33: Today’s reading is a psalm of praise. The psalmist invites people to praise God with shouting, instruments and song. He affirms God’s truth and justice and celebrates the whole of creation. God is described as omnipotent and omnipresent, protecting those who trust him.
Today's Scripture: Psalm 33:2
Give thanks to the Lord with harps, sing to him with stringed instruments.
1 All you that are righteous, shout for joy for what the LORD has done; praise him, all you that obey him. 2 Give thanks to the LORD with harps, sing to him with stringed instruments. 3 Sing a new song to him, play the harp with skill, and shout for joy! 4 The words of the LORD are true, and all his works are dependable. 5 The LORD loves what is righteous and just; his constant love fills the earth. 6 The LORD created the heavens by his command, the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word. 7 He gathered all the seas into one place; he shut up the ocean depths in storerooms. 8 Worship the LORD, all the earth! Honor him, all peoples of the world! 9 When he spoke, the world was created; at his command everything appeared. 10 The LORD frustrates the purposes of the nations; he keeps them from carrying out their plans. 11 But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally. 12 Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD; happy are the people he has chosen for his own! 13 The LORD looks down from heaven and sees all of us humans. 14 From where he rules, he looks down on all who live on earth. 15 He forms all their thoughts and knows everything they do. 16 A king does not win because of his powerful army; a soldier does not triumph because of his strength. 17 War horses are useless for victory; their great strength cannot save. 18 The LORD watches over those who obey him, those who trust in his constant love. 19 He saves them from death; he keeps them alive in times of famine. 20 We put our hope in the LORD; he is our protector and our help. 21 We are glad because of him; we trust in his holy name. 22 May your constant love be with us, LORD, as we put our hope in you.
The psalmist encourages worshipers to use a musical instrument in singing praises to the Lord. Many psalms were sung as music was played. How is music incorporated into your worship? Why do you think music is an important means of worshiping God?
Lord, I sing to you in praise! Thank you for all the good things you have done: for your love and justice; for the glory of your creation; for your plans for peace and for your constant protection. Praise the Lord! Amen.