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Reflections on Psalm 33: Part 3

Updated on November 26, 2010
by David Lussier, from
by David Lussier, from
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Nantucket Roses, by Stapleton Kearns.
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Reflections on Psalm 33: Part 3 (Final Part)

In the final section of Psalm 33, i.e. 13-22, we find the Lord looking. We are told 'the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.' 2 Chron 16:9. NASB. Or, as the NKJV puts it, 'The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.' KJV: 'whose heart is perfect toward Him'. The Lord is looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him, fully surrendered to Him. Are we the 'called, chosen and faithful' of Rev 17:14?

i. The Lord looks out on the world, 13-17, and He sees the pride and folly of men who have strayed far from God in their wilful disobedience and rebellion. He knows the hearts of men, that they are set upon evil. God knows that the thoughts of a man's heart are evil continually, Gen 6:5, 8:21. God knows that man's heart is desperately wicked, Jer 17:9. Man blames God for all his failures, Prov 19:3. Didn't Adam do that? That's human nature.

We see the pride of men. Boasting in their mighty armies. On their national days making a show of grand military parades. 'Boasting in chariots and horses', Ps 20:7. What happened to Sennacherib? God sent an angel and struck down 185,000 with a terrible plague. We know in history how mighty armies were defeated by a cold and terrible winter. (Napoleon, Hitler). Men hero-worship their 'mighty men', and yet a pebble from a brook can strike them dead. A man at the greatest moment of his glory can be eaten by worms and die - miserably. Men are proud of their mighty weapons, and yet a mighty ship can be sunk by a single iceberg. A single storm can wreck a whole fleet.

The Lord looks at the follies of men, and laughs. (Psalm 2). He has already made His decision. His will shall be done. Christ and the Church shall rule the nations. The Church is 'the nation whose God is the Lord', 33:12.

ii. The Lord is looking upon His people, 18-22, even as He looks out on the world. The eye of the Lord is upon -
a. Those who fear Him. Honor Him as Creator, worship Him as Redeemer, fear Him as Judge of all the earth.
b. Those who live by His mercy (33:18, 22) and grace. 33:19 speaks of His saving grace ('to deliver their soul from death') and His sustaining grace ('to keep them alive in famine'). We need grace not only to be saved, but to be sustained in this faith-life.
c. Those who wait for the Lord, 33:20. Praying, and waiting patiently.
d. Those who trust in the Lord, 33:21. Trust in His holy name - a Name to be regarded with loving reverence, for He is 'Faithful and True'. Rev 19:11. He will never fail us, nor forsake us. He will love us to the very end, John 13:1, and He will carry us across the gulf of death, Ps 48:14 (YLT).

The Lord looks, 33:13, 18. And to one group, full of pride and folly (33:13-17), He looks to visit them with judgment. To the other group (33:18-22), He looks with a view to showing abundant mercy - to the humble, God-fearing, praying and trusting remnant that is the Church of God.

© Roland N Oliver/Pratonix


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    • Michael Adams1959 profile image

      Michael Adams1959 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      We need grace not only to be saved, but to be sustained in this faith-life. What a great statement, Praise God, great job

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      How great to know that though we fail him that live in His mercy and grace!He never fails!

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      William Kovacic 7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "The Lord is looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him, fully surrendered to Him." What a truthful quote, but I wonder what the Lord finds most of the time. May we all be found faithful to Him. He's faithful to us. Thanks for your wisdom and insight.

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      I like the translation of "those whose heart is loyal to Him." He is worthy of our undivided loyalty. I think our loyalty to Him is expressed through our humility. enlightening hub.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Well written, informative and again a bookmark earned...


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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      A word to the wise...

      I'm very anti-militant, very pacifist in my thinking. There are so many so much better ways to resolve any national issue, other than war. I understand why people make heroes of the brave souls who have served their country in war time, but I wish those same heroes had an opportunity to use their gifts in a much more constructive, instead of destructive, way.