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God loves us and wants us to be happy. This is clear from many of the Psalms. Last week we saw it in Psalm 32, and it is even more prominent in Psalm 33. Psalm 33 is a liturgy in praise of the LORD.

God loved his chosen people Israel when this Psalm was written and sung at the temple, and he loves his chosen people, the Church, now:

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love (5)

The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love (18).

May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you (22).

Because of God’s unfailing love, his people are happy:

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him (1).

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy (3).

Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance (12).

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name (21).

God’s love for us is steadfast and never fails. He loves the righteous; those who live in right relationship with him and with their neighbors. He delivers them from the Evil One, from their enemies, and from themselves. In this Psalm, the people are especially happy, it seems, because they have just been delivered from a large army knocking on their door. Verse 10 says that the LORD foils the plans of the nations (those unrighteous nations who do not want to live in right relationship with God or their neighbor Israel). Verse 16 says that no king is saved by the size of his army and that no warrior escapes by his great strength. Verse 19 refers to the LORD delivering his people from death.

Sometimes we have an evil army knocking on the door of our lives, our family or our community of faith. But when we trust in God’s unfailing love and “wait in hope for the LORD” (20), we will come out of the situation, in the end, victorious! We will sing joyfully to the LORD and our hearts will rejoice in his holy name.

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Before you ever get a problem, God already has your deliverance planned. Joyce Meyer

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