Summary: There are abundant reasons why God's people should rejoice in the Lord. The source of the believer's joy is not in the world, nor in themselves, but in the Lord. They sing unto Him a new song, because they have been made new creatures, who enjoy new delights.
REJOICE IN THE LORD. PSALM 33:1-12.
Charles Spurgeon said, “There are abundant reasons why God's people should rejoice in the Lord. The source of the believer's joy is not in the world, nor in themselves, but in the Lord. They sing unto Him a new song, because they have been made new creatures, who enjoy new delights.”
They rejoice in the Lord because of-
I. HIS WORD.
“The Word of the Lord is right” (v. 4).
It is the right thing for the souls and lives of men, because of its power (Psalm 19:7,8 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.). The Word of God is powerful, for by it the Heavens were made (v. 6). It is the incorruptible seed that endureth for ever.
II. HIS WORKS.
“All His works are done in truth"(v. 4).
Jonathan Edwards said, “All His works are perfect. All His works in grace, as well as in creation, are done in truth. He is a just God, and a Savior. If Christ is the way and the life, He is also the truth. To be saved by grace is not to be saved at the expense of truth, for grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John l:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.).
III. HIS LOVINGKINDNESS.
“The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord" (v. 5).
Everywhere, to those who have eyes to see, the gifts of His goodness may be seen. But it is in Christ himself that His marvelous lovingkindness finds its fullest manifestation. Yet in the earth, the outer court of His temple, (Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.). “God loved the world" (John 3:l6).
IV. HIS POWER.
“Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast." (v. 8, 9).
Man may not listen to God's word, but He never speaks in vain. What He promised, He’s able also to perform.
Power belongs to God, and He gives power to the faint and to the simple.
V. HIS KNOWLEDGE.
"The Lord bringeth the counsel of the nations to naught. He maketh the thoughts of the people to be of none effect" (v. 10).
It is a joy of God's children, that He knows all about the secret desires of the ungodly (1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.).
Joseph spoke in (Genesis 50:20) But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
He can sanctify adverse things to the furtherance of the Gospel (Philippians 1:12,13) But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.
VI. HIS FAITHFULNESS.
“The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations” (v. 11).
Spurgeon also wrote, “The thoughts of His heart, revealed in His Word, shall stand for ever. Man is famous for his “vain thoughts,” but precious are Thy thoughts, O Lord, because they are infinitely great, and good, and true, and faithful.”
VII. HIS GRACE.
“Blessed is…the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance” (v. 12).
Grace is not an after-thought with God, it belongs to His eternal character, it is an essential attribute of His nature, for we are chosen in Him, before the foundation of the world, and now blessed with all spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3,4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:).
The grace that has chosen us is to be made sufficient for us, therefore Rejoice in the Lord, always and again I say, rejoice.