Meditation on Psalm 33

Meditation on Psalm 33 (Preached 8.25.13)

In what do you put your hope?

 

Read Psalm 33 slowly.

Use the “COMA questions for Hebrew wisdom literature and poetry” from David Helm’s book One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian.  See last’s week’s post for a link to these questions.

 

Read Psalm 33 a second time and ask:

·      What does it teach us about God?

·      What does it teach us about the world in which we live?

·      What does it teach us about who we are and what God expects from us?

 

Read Psalm 33 a third time: look for four things:*

·      A light bulb: anything that shines out in the passage and draws attention; it can be something important, or something that particularly strikes you.

·      A question mark: anything that is hard to understand; something that you would like to be able to ask the author about.

·      An arrow: anything that applies to your life.

·      A Heart: identify the central idea of the passage (What’s the main point of the text?).

 

*This reading strategy also comes from David Helm’s book One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian. See chapter 8.

 

 

Readings for Reflection: You may also look for a light bulb, a question mark, and an arrow in these thoughts.

 

Question 1.

What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 

Answer.

That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

The Heidelberg Catechism

http://www.ccel.org/creeds/heidelberg-cat.html#Heading1 (accessed 8.26.13)

 

 

Sermon Review

Text: Psalm 33

Main Point of the Text (MPT): Everyone who sets their hope in God and his unfailing love will find everything they need.

Main Point of the Sermon (MPS): Set Your Hope in God.

Basic Outline:

Set Your Hope in God

Why?

Because God’s Values Are Unstained (vv.4-5)

Because God’s Power Is Unmatched (vv.6-9)

Because God’s Purpose Is Unstoppable (vv.10-12)

Because God’s Sightline Is Unimpeded (vv.13-19)

How Should We Respond to Who God Is?

Respond with Unashamed Adoration (vv.1-3)

Respond with Unconditional Surrender (vv.20-22)