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Psalm 33, Part 3 of 3

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

21 In him our hearts rejoice,

for we trust in his holy name.

22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

Two weeks ago we asked the question “Who should worship the Lord?” What was the answer (believers)? Last week we asked “why should we worship the Lord?” What was the answer (We should worship the Lord for His word and work demonstrate Who He is and the blessing of serving Him.)?

Tonight, we ask the question “What is the result of worshiping Him?”.

In the time of worship in the Tabernacle, these last three verses were most likely read as a response by the whole congregation. That’s why I wanted you to read them with me. Did you feel the power in proclaiming this together? Too often we make Christianity a “lone ranger” affair. We act as if we are totally independent of each other and therefore go through good and bad times alone. This is NOT the biblical picture of worship or community. (That one was free!)

If you believe God is all-powerful, then to wait on Him is the natural and logical thing to do!

Verse 20

“Wait” in verse 20 is the Hebrew word chakah (khaw-kaw’) which means, metaphorically, to be “entreanched”. What a great picture! We dig a trench and wait out the battle, the obstacle, the problem while our “Mighty Warrior” does what only He can do!

Verse 21

Only in Him can our hearts be free to rejoice because we know the battle belongs to the Lord! We trust Him. (Teaser to February 7-8: “trust” is the Hebrew word batach (baw-takh’) which figuratively means to “lean”).

Verse 22

What a beautiful blessing for each other: 22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

When we truly meet with God, we WILL walk away changed. We will love more, trust more, and believe more. Worship isn’t about making us “feel good”. It is about letting go of ourselves and our circumstances in order that we may look—without distraction—at our Creator, Savior, King.