Psalms 33:1-5 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. 4 For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. 5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Verse 1 tells us that “praise is fitting.” Why is that so? What makes praise fitting for the children of God? Let these thoughts add fuel to your devotional life.
Praise is fitting because:
- It aligns us with the “lay lines” of the universe. Praise raises us up to our proper place in the choir of creation.
- It proclaims a healthy heart. Praise is inner health made audible.
- It completes the circuit of life. Roman 11:36 “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever.”
- It adorns the human heart with the atmosphere of heaven.
- It breaks the hearts’ fixation from lesser things. It attaches our affection to eternal things.
What else does praise do?
- It heals our brokenness.
- It clarifies our vision.
- It changes our perspective.
- It strengthens our hearts.
- It produces joy.
What should we praise God for?
- Praise him for his Word (v. 4a). The word of the Lord is right and true.
- Praise him for his ways (v. 4b). He is faithful in all he does.
Psalm 33 is a wonderful, awesome, and reverent place to begin a time of praise.