Psalms 33:1-4 says, “Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. “Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.” Joy and music are two things which go together. God created music and God gave man the ability to create music. Music has a tremendous effect on human emotion and thought. The right kind of music will result in a person rejoicing in the LORD and praising Jesus. The word “rejoice” means to shout or to overcome. The word “praise” means to boast or to flash forth a light.
Leviticus 9:24, “And there came a fire from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.” The greatest joy that exists is the joy found through repentance of sin to Jesus Christ. There is nothing wrong with romantic music. But there is something wrong with taking the good things which God has created and not praising God for them. This is why the best music will always be the kind of music that effects the emotion and the thought in such a way so that man gives rejoicing and praise to Jesus who has given man the opportunity to overcome sin by His death on the cross and by His resurrection.
Praise and God’s Word go together very well. What better way to praise God than in song? Psalms 33:4-5, “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.” The reasons to praise Jesus are given here in verses 4 and 5: God’s Word is Holy, God’s actions are true and just, and even this life is filled with God’s goodness. First John 1:5 says, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” If you want to write songs, sing, and listen to music about the good things in this life just make sure you do so giving praise to Jesus for those good things.
Psalms 33:6-9 “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth hear 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.” The next several verses in Psalms go into detail about God’s Word. The key verse to notice is verse 9, “For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.”
There is nothing more powerful in this world than the Words of God. By the Words of Jesus the heavens were created. And by the Words of God the Spirit of God can touch the heart of man to repent of sin and to trust in Jesus for Salvation. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Ephesians 1:13 says, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of Promise.”
“For he spake and it was done”. God’s work in this world is directly associated with His Word. If God has made a promise, it is as good as though that promise has already come to pass even if the promise is not yet fulfilled. The best example of this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Concerning the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, it says in First Peter 1:20, “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.” And concerning the conforming of the child of God into the image of Christ, it says in Ephesians 1:4, “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: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.”
“For he spake and it was done.” How powerful is the Word of God. God’s promises are so sure that once God has given a promise nothing can prevent it from coming to pass. God’s Word is His Will. Nothing can stop the Will of God. If God said it, it is going to happen. If God said it, it is as good as though it has already come to pass. God always does what He says He is going to do.
“He spake and it was done.” Another way of saying this is Isaiah 55:10-11, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
The accomplishing of God’s Will in this world is directly connected to His Word. Jesus explained this in the parable of the seed and the sower. Luke 8:5-18, “A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, he that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be made known and come abroad. Take therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”
Jesus said to His followers that unto them it was given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. God’s Work in this world is accomplished through His Word. Just by thinking about the Word of God when you are tying your shoe, somehow you are directly connecting yourself to God’s will and God’s Work. Do not underestimate the importance of the Word of God. Someone once said, “I think therefore I am.” But it is much more accurate to say, “I think about the word of God and therefore I am participating in accomplishing the will of God.”
Psalms 33:4-9 says, “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. 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.”
The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD by the word of the LORD. By the word of the LORD were the heavens made. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. He spake and it was done. Jesus said, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Psalms 33:10-11 says, “The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.” After being told about the reliability of God’s Word, we are now given the contrast between man’s wisdom and God’s Wisdom. Men make their plans and schemes. Men cast their nets. In the end, however, the plans of men will fail and the schemes of men will fail because men are weak and sinful. But God’s plans for the future will always come to pass. If God said it, if God promised it, if God has decided it in His heart, it will happen.
This is the reason that men who do not have faith in Jesus are so dishonest and manipulative. This is the reason it says concerning the counsel and devices of the heathen in Isaiah 55:6-8, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” First Corinthians 1:25 says, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
The best example of the contrast between man’s thinking and God’s thinking is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Man in his best imaginations can only come up with self-righteousness as a way to become justified with God. But man in His counsel and devices will fail and fall short because man is a sinner. But God in the thoughts of His heart decided that by mercy and grace through the death of Jesus Christ His Son men can have salvation and eternal life as a free gift if only they should believe on the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought. He maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. Would you like to know the thoughts that are in God’s heart? Then simply open the Bible and read it. How wise indeed is the foolishness of God to give unto all men, who turn from their sins to Jesus Christ, both forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Psalms 33:11 says, “The counsel of the LORD standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.”
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