Summary: Praise the Lord Everyone, Everywhere. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who Should Worship the Lord (vs 1).
How They Should Worship the Lord (vs 2-3).
Why They Should Worship the Lord (vs 4-19).
What Should Happen Because They Worship the Lord (vs 20-22).
• John Wesley was a seventeenth century Anglican cleric and Christian theologian.
• Along with his brother Charles Wesley,
• He is credited as founding the Methodist movement.
• When John Wesley was about 21 years of age when he went to Oxford University.
• And in many ways he had it all - he was gifted with a keen mind and good looks.
• But he lacked humility and compassion;
• He was in his early days a bit snobbish and sarcastic.
• One night, however,
• Something happened that set in motion a change in Wesley's heart.
• While speaking with a porter at Oxford University,
• He discovered that the poor man had only one coat;
• And that he lived in very sparse and impoverished conditions - he didn't even have a bed.
• Yet to Wesley’s amazement he was an unusually happy person,
• And he was filled with gratitude to God.
• Being immature, Wesley thoughtlessly joked about the man's hardships.
• And sarcastically said to him: "What else do you thank God for?"
• The porter smiled and replied;
• "I thank Him that He has given me my life and being, a heart to love Him,
• And above all a constant desire to serve Him!"
• This deeply moved Wesley and impacted him;
• Because he recognized that this man knew the meaning of true thankfulness.
• So much more than himself.
• Many years later, in 1791, John Wesley lay on his deathbed at the age of 88.
• Those who gathered around him recognised a quality within him;
• He had learned the lesson of praising God in every circumstance.
• Despite Wesley's extreme weakness, he began singing the hymn,
• "I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath."
Now Psalm 33 is a call to praise:
• And do not wait until you are on your death bed to praise your maker;
• This Psalm reminds us that in every circumstance of life give praise to your God!
Notice: two things by way of introduction:
• Now the verbs in this psalm are plural,
• Which means it was sang together with other people as they met together worship God.
• We can of course worship God individually;
• But God delights in collective praise & worship as well as individual!
• i.e. Hebrew people in the Old Testament.
• i.e. The Church in the New Testament.
• i.e. Heaven itself – Revelation chapter 9 verse 7:
• Psalm 33 is one of only four Psalms that lacks a title.
• (The others are Psalm 1, 2, and 10).
• All the other Psalms have some sort of title or description;
• Many commentators believe that this Psalm is the second part of Psalm 32.
• i.e. Psalm 32 closes with a command of the ‘righteous’ to ‘rejoice’,
• And Psalm 33 verse 1 opens with the same command.
• i.e. In the Septuagint - These two Psalms are one.
• (The Septuagint; is a translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek at the time of Christ.
• The Septuagint is quoted by the New Testament particularly by the apostle Paul).
• Now while Psalm 32 & 33 are very different in their content,
• They are both centred on the theme of praise.
• In Psalm 32 God is to be praised because He forgives sin.
• In Psalm 33 God is to be praised because He is in control.
As we look in more detail I want to divide the Psalm up under 4 headings:
(1). Who Should Worship the Lord (vs 1).
“Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him”
• A 'righteous' person – such as is mentioned here in verse 1;
• Does not mean someone who is perfect – who has lived a faultless or impeccable life.
• If it did then no-one would ever praise God;
• Because we know from experience and from this book the Bible;
• That we are all flawed i.e. “For all have sinned…” (Romans chapter 3 verse 2).
Question: What does that term ‘righteous’ mean:
• That these people referred to as ‘righteous’;
• Have a desire and a determination to please God by living ‘right’.
• If you want to know what ‘righteous’ means then cut it in half – to live ‘right’,
• They not only KNOW what is right but they also try DO what is right.
• Army of Alexander the Great was undefeated in battle;