Today’s reading is Psalm 33.
I love movies with a twist, don’t you? I know a lot of people who try to prove how smart they are because they knew before the big reveal that (spoilers ahead) The Village was actually set in modern day or that Dr. Malcolm Crowe was actually dead. As they work to impress me with their intellectual acumen, I just feel sorry for them. Because I’m not that smart, I enjoyed the twists. They didn’t. Must be tough being that smart.
I’ll give you a hint as you read Psalm 33. It’s a psalm with a twist. For almost the whole psalm, you think one thing is happening. In the last scene, however, you discover this is a completely different psalm from what it seemed.
It’s a standard praise and thanksgiving psalm, right? God is wonderful. He’s done amazing things. He is the power and the strength. We are not. Nobody can overcome the Lord; no king, no nation, no counsel. So, let’s all just sit around the campfire and praise the Lord because thanks to Him, life is good.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.Psalm 33:18-22
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
We are in a famine? We might die? Why are we waiting on the Lord if we are thanking Him for victory that has already been accomplished?
Because this is not praise offered in the calm after the storm. This is not thanksgiving offered in the shining sun of victory as we enjoy the spoils of war. This is praise offered for calm and peace while the storm is still thundering. This is thanksgiving offered for victory while the battle is still raging.
Don’t wait for the victory to thank and praise God. Thank and praise God while you wait on Him to bring the victory. That is faith. That is trusting in the Lord. That is waiting on the Lord. The steadfast love of the Lord will be upon as we put our hope in Him. But it is not putting our hope in Him if we wait to see how it turns out before we praise and thank Him.
No matter what is going on in your life today, put your hope in the Lord, praising Him, thanking Him, waiting on Him. His steadfast love will abound; I promise!
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 33.