Seeing Jesus in Psalm 33 - The Whole of Life

Seeing Jesus in Psalm 33 – The Whole of Life


Psalm 33:1-3 – “Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.  Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”


The psalmist wastes no time in letting us know why he is writing Psalm 33, he is writing it to encourage us to worship the Lord.  He is writing it to remind us of what life is all about.  Six times in the first 3 verses he calls us to worship.  All of the commands are different but they all have the same message, come and worship the Lord.  Worship Him with who you are, worship Him with what you have.  Look at the list:


            *Shout for joy


            *Give thanks

            *Make melody

            *Sing to Him a new song

            *Play skillfully with loud shouts


His directness and his urgency remind us of the call of the New Testament, “whatever you do in word or in deed do it all for the glory of God (Colossians 3:17).”  We are to be about worship and about praise.  Why? The psalmist lets us in on the reasons as well:


            *because He has made us righteous

            *because He has made us upright

            *for His word

            *for His faithfulness

            *for His love

            *for His creation

            *for His power

            *for His sovereignty

            *for His heritage

            *for His salvation

            *for His personal nature

            *for His deliverance

            *because He gives us hope


We are to praise and we are to worship because of all these things (and more).  We are to glorify God with the whole of our lives because of all He has done for us.  Most of all we are to give thanks and we are to praise because He has given us the gift of Jesus.  He has given us all of those things through Him and through Him we are now a part of the Kingdom of God.  Through Jesus we are forgiven and we are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s marvelous light (Colossians 1).


Someone put it this way, “through the Gospel we have all that we could ever want or need, and all for free.”  That is what Jesus has done for us, He has given us the kingdom.  In fact He says in Luke 12:32 that “it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom.”  God is pleased to make us kingdom citizens.  He didn’t have to, He wanted to, because He loves us that much.  That is why we worship, and why we praise with the whole of our lives because His kingdom changes the whole of our lives.  To God be the glory!