Guest Article: Psalm 33, A Poetic Adaption by Joshua Gulley

Here’s something that some of you may enjoy reading first thing in the morning: scripture poetry.

Psalm 33 Adapted by Joshua Gulley

Come and sing to the Lord with great joy in your souls

All you men who are righteous in heart

For ‘tis fitting for those who are righteous to praise

And bid those who would mock us depart

Now give thanks to the Lord while you play on the lyre

Singing praise with a harp of ten strings

And with such virtuosic accompaniment each

Shout for joy in his heart as he sings

For the Word of the Lord is so pure and upright

And His might He displays without fail

Taking pleasure in justice; His love can be found

Through the plain, o’er the hill, in the vale

By the Word of our God all the heavens came forth

By the breath of His mouth all their host

He collects all the oceans in storehouses deep

And forbids them to march past the coast

Now let every created soul stand before God

Short of breath, mouth agape at His might

For ‘twas only a Word which He spoke that brought forth

Sun and moon, earth and sky, day and night

Lo, He brings to an end what the nations pursue

For no human designs can defeat

All the plans of the Lord, which cannot be defied

Generations all bow at His feet

Oh, how blessed are the people whose God is the Lord

All His chosen ones here on the earth

Oh, what glory they’ll share when they look on His face

Life eternal, peace, fellowship, mirth!

Now the Lord scans the earth from His dwelling above

Yes, He knows all the hearts of our race

For He fashions them all and the plans they devise

Come to naught without His tender grace

No, the king is not saved by a powerful host

Nor a warrior delivered by strength

Do not trust in a horse to bring vict’ry in war

E’en though strong be his muscles at length

How the eyes of Jehovah are e’er upon those

Who before Him on their knees do fall

Who yet wait for His mercy and trust in His love

And in hope on His name e’er they call

To deliver their soul from the reach of the grave

And to keep them alive through the drought

Yes our souls ever wait for the Almighty God

Who’ll deliver us without a doubt

Yae, our hearts keep rejoicing in Him whom we trust

On His sanctified name e’er we lean

Let Your grace, peace, and mercy, Lord, be upon us

Until thy holy face we have seen

Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and is a member among the saints who belong to the Smithville Church of Christ

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Psalm 135 Which God Should We Worship?

There is no assigned author, time, or place for this Psalm, but it certainly brings together elements from a few other Psalms to show God is above all “gods!”

Verses 1-4 call for God’s People to praise Him;

Verses 5-18 mention why God is Supreme;

Verses 19-21 make a second call for God’s People to praise Him.

Verses 1-4: Look at what the LORD has done to distinguish His Name: (1 His “Servants” in “the house of the LORD” know He is “good” (Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God,” Matthew 19:17); (2 “Praises to His Name” are to be sung, “for it is pleasant” (that is, it is a joyful response to His Name); (3 God chose “Jacob” (whose name was changed to) “Israel” (not Ishmael!) “for His special treasure,” through whom will come Jesus Christ (Luke 1:26-33).

Verses 5-18: The LORD is “great,” and “above all gods,” because: (Verses 5-7) He is All-Powerful (does as He pleases); Creator and Ruler of Earth (including heaven, earth, seas, deep places, water cycle, lightning in rain, wind from His “treasuries”). One God over all Creation, unlike idolaters who need many “gods” for one Creation! (Verses 8-12) He created and blessed the Israelite Nation by “signs and wonders” ending in the death of “the firstborn of Egypt” (man and beast! Exodus 9-12); defeated all the Canaanite nations for Israel to have the “Promised Land” (Book of Joshua); gave Canaan to Israelites as long as they obeyed Him (Deuteronomy 29). (Verses 13-18) NO idol has begun to accomplish as much for their people as God has for His! Idols are the product of human planning and carving, made in the image of a human (mouths, eyes, ears, none of which work because there is no breath of life!). God made humans in His own image (Genesis 1:26). Humans may become godly, but idolaters, those who trust idols, become cold, unfeeling, and blind, deaf, and dumb (or speechless).

Verses 19-21: Because God is Creator, All-Powerful, Ruler over human history, He deserves the praise and blessing from the “house of Israel,” “house of Aaron,” “house of Levi,” and all “who fear the Lord” should “bless the LORD.” The living God deserves, and should receive, all praise and blessing from those whom He has helped.

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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