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Summary: A study in Psalm 33: 1 - 22

Psalm 33: 1 – 22

Is God the Lord of our nation?

1 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. 2 Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. 3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. 4 For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth. 5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep 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 was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. 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 He has chosen as His own inheritance. 13 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. 14 From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; 15 He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. 16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. 18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. 22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

In today’s study I want to bring to your attention a key verse. We read in verse 12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”

Is God the LORD of our nation?

I was just reading a survey that went to find out what religious faith was prominent in our nation. The survey indicated that 87 % listed themselves as Christian.

To this crowd the survey went into further detail asking if people believed the Christian doctrines that I will list for all of you. Sadly, the conclusion was that those who agreed with the Christian doctrines lowered the final percentage from 87 % to 7 %.

So, what do Christians believe? The following beliefs are central to Christianity. I will list the doctrine and the scriptures that state them.

. There is only one God (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6; Galatians 4:8-9).

. God is omniscient or "knows all things" (Acts 15:18; 1 John 3:20).

. God is omnipotent or "all powerful" (Psalm 115:3; Revelation 19:6).

. God is omnipresent or "present everywhere" (Jeremiah 23:23, 24; Psalm 139).

. God is sovereign (Zechariah 9:14; 1 Timothy 6:15-16).

. God is holy (1 Peter 1:15).

. God is just or "righteous" (Psalm 19:9, 116:5, 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1).

. God is love (1 John 4:8).

. God is true (Romans 3:4; John 14:6).

. God is the creator of everything that exists (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 44:24).

. God is infinite and eternal. He has always been and will ever be God (Psalm 90:2; Genesis 21:33; Acts 17:24).

. God is immutable. He does not change (James 1:17; Malachi 3:6; Isaiah 46:9-10).

. God is three in one or a Trinity; God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 2:32-33, John 10:30,17:11, 21; 1 Peter 1:2).

. Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1, 14, 10:30-33, 20:28; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:8).

. Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26–35).

. Jesus took on flesh and became a man (Philippians 2:1-11).

. Jesus is fully God and fully man (Colossians 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

. Jesus is perfect and sinless (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15).

. Jesus is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6; Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22).

. The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:11-12; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

. The Bible is the "inspired" or "God-breathed," Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

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