Psalm 33: Greatness of God

What can hinder righteous people in worshiping the Lord?

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Psalm 33:1 Let the righteous sing praises, rejoicing in the Lord, for worship is a natural response for those who are blameless.
King James
Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.

How do words set to music support worship? What might make it a hindrance?

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Psalm 33:2–3 Praise the Lord with the harp and the instrument with ten strings. Sing a new song to him, playing beautiful and joyous sounds.
King James
Psalm 33:2–3 Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

What makes God’s word absolutely true? What might make his promises seem unreliable?

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Psalm 33:4 God’s word is absolutely true, and he never makes a mistake.
King James
Psalm 33:4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.

If God is full of love, unwilling that any would perish, why is judgment necessary?

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Psalm 33:5 He loves righteousness and is perfect in his judgments. Earth is full of his love, reaching out to everyone everywhere.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord isn’t slow in keeping his promise, not like some people think. He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, giving time for everyone to repent.
King James
Psalm 33:5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Why can’t some people believe that God created the universe?

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Psalm 33:6–7 God’s word brought the universe into existence, his breath forming the galaxies with their planets and stars. He gathered the waters into oceans, its depths contained within the lands.
Romans 1:20 They have no excuse for not believing and doing the good they know to do, since the power and nature of our invisible God can be clearly observed in his creation.
King James
Psalm 33:6–7 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.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

What keeps God’s creation from honoring and worshiping him?

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Psalm 33:8 Let all creation respect their Creator. Let the people of the world honor and worship him.
Isaiah 14:13–14 because you said in your heart, I will rise to the highest place in Heaven, exalting my throne above the stars. I will rise to the mountain peak where all look up to me. I will rise above the clouds and be like God.
1 Timothy 3:6 on’t make leaders out of novices, lest their pride lead them into condemnation and a downfall like Satan.
King James
Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
Isaiah 14:13–14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

What kind of “word” has creative power?

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Psalm 33:9 God spoke, and the world was created. At his command, Earth was formed to sustain life.
King James
Psalm 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

What gives value to strategies and goals?

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Psalm 33:10–11 Compared to God’s plan, independent human goals and strategies are virtually meaningless.
God’s plan is for eternity, with his heartfelt purpose being fulfilled through all generations.
King James
Psalm 33:10–11 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.

Of all the riches God will share with us from now through eternity, what are the most valuable?

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Psalm 33:12 Blessed are those who recognize God as Lord, one who is to be heard and obeyed in every way. These are people who are chosen to share his riches.
King James
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

How is a view of Earth from the space station different from how God looks down from above?

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Psalm 33:13–15 God looks down from above and every person on Earth. From where he lives, God sees all people who live on Earth. He gave people a heart to choose right or wrong and is fully aware of everything they do.
King James
Psalm 33:13–15 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

What power causes the king to be saved?

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Psalm 33:16–19 The power of a great army is not what saves the king, nor is a mighty man victorious solely through his own strength. The strength of a great horse in battle does not guarantee the safety of its rider. But the Lord watches over those who revere him and anticipate his lovingkindness. He will keep them from starvation and death.
John 19:11 You would have no authority over me at all if it had not been given to you from above. Therefore, those who delivered me to you are guilty of the greater wrong.
King James
Psalm 33:16–19 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. A horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

What makes patience difficult?

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Psalm 33:20 Patiently we wait on the Lord for help and protection. 21 By trusting his direction and authority, we can rejoice in him.
Hebrews 10:36 We can be thankful for delays that bring patience, because endurance is essential for receiving God’s promise.
King James
Psalm 33:20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield.
Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

What does it mean to depend upon God?

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Psalm 33:20–22 Patiently we wait on the Lord for help and protection. By trusting his direction and authority, we can rejoice in him.
As we depend upon you, O Lord, may we experience your great blessings.
King James
Psalm 33:20–22 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.