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Day Five: God’s Purposes Prevail

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Psalm 33 (NIV)

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth-
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.

No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

Reflection:

This psalm speaks of who our God is - the Lord as Creator, Sovereign, Judge and Savior. The psalm tells us all that God speaks and does are right, true and faithful. He is reliable and trustworthy. When everything else seems to be crumbling, and we feel shaken and lost, His plans stand firm and He accomplishes what He desires.  He is sovereign in and through all humanity’s planning and purposes and this is a great comfort to God’s people. When we fear the Lord more than anything else, we can know His loving eyes are forever upon us.  We are to rely on Him in everything for He alone has delivered us from death into a hope that is alive with His unfailing love. When we face difficult circumstances, we are already blessed because God is our help and our shield, and His unfailing love surrounds us.

Let us thank our Father and give praise to Him for all His ways are good and faithful. Let us declare again that His purposes prevail, so we put our hope in Him alone. In times of difficulty, let us ask God please surround us with His unfailing love for He preserve our lives.

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