It’s Super Tuesday in America’s “every four-year” cycle of presidential electoral democracy. That means the affairs of humanity and nations occupy much of our mental space at the moment. Not only that, but we daily read headlines of great significance – coronavirus, Taliban peace deal, Turkey and Syria, and the list could go on. How good then is this breath of fresh, heavenly air from Psalm 33 (the biblical text appears in italics):
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. [Look at the stars tonight and capture a small sense of what this means!]
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. [Do you live by the ocean? If so, go look and contemplate Yahweh’s power!]
[What should our response be to this Creator God?] Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. [Yahweh is God who spoke all that is into existence!]
[Now, listen to how this God deals with men and nations.] The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart from generation to generation.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. [Who is a nation like this? Who is a people like this? It’s Jesus’ church, his body, his bride.]
Why does God nullify and frustrate the plans and purposes people when we act in our sin? Rewind to verse 5 and here’s the answer: He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD. The Lord acts in mercy for the glory of His name and the joy of those he means to save; those who will repent of their sin and follow Jesus. Jesus is Yahweh in the flesh. He is the radiance of God’s righteousness and the exact representation of his justice (I’m adapting Hebrews 1:3 here). He is the great expression and the apex “tangible-act” of God’s lovingkindness, his mercy.
Yes, it’s Super Tuesday. Yes, coronavirus ravages. Yes, wars rage. But, “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.
Amen! May it be true of us. Let your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, according as we have hoped in You.