21st May - Psalm 10 + 33

Today’s daily devotional is penned by Mark Jones. Writing

In today’s readings we’ll be looking at Psalm 10 and Psalm 33. On the surface you may think that these two Psalms are completely opposite to one another, if that is what you are thinking I totally get it. What I’ll say at the outset of this devotional, is that last week when I wrote I spoke about how the passages from 1 Kings 14 and Amos 1-2 showed us two distinct but complimentary characteristics of God, His justice and His love. Similarly today’s readings highlight God’s justice and His love.

Psalm 10 starts off by asking a serious question of God, “where are you and why are you not doing anything?” When you read v2-11 we can see that the author of this particular psalm has seen some really difficult things. It’s blunt, it’s to the point, it’s gritty, it’s real. The author isn’t pulling any punches here. It’s a complaint about injustice, with the wicked prospering and the helpless being crushed. The Psalmist continues on to issue a request before God to do something, asking the Lord not to forget the afflicted and to call the ones guilty of wickedness to account for what they have done. The Psalmist ends with a deep and powerful reminder. He reminds us that God does not forget the pain of the oppressed, that He hears the cries of the afflicted and that He will ensure that justice is met for the fatherless and those who have been oppressed. It’s a deep and powerful reminder of the sovereign and powerful justice of our God.

I’d particularly like to focus on Psalm 33. This Psalm is amazing and is truly a reminder of the steadfast and boundless love of God, something we all need in our own ways during these unique and trying times. Many reading this today will have been reading the news and watching the daily updates from the government on the current state of this global pandemic. You’re probably aware that at the moment the North East has the highest R rate in the country and that Sunderland is among the highest in the region. There is a lot of despair in our city right now because of this, and understandably so. This Psalm, I believe can act as a tremendous encouragement for us as we deal with this pandemic together.

Psalm 33 is a rousing cry about the goodness and greatness of the love of God. It’s first stanza is a plea to us, as the readers to stand up and to praise God, to get out our instruments, to raise up our voices and lift up the name of God. How much do we need to be reminded to do this right now?

It continues on by reminding us that the Lord is upright (He is righteous and just), telling us that everything He has done has been done out of faithfulness, that He loves righteousness and justice, and that the earth is full of His steadfast (His unfailing) love. The Psalm reminds us to be in awe of God and to respect His name because when He speaks, it happens. This is such an important thing for the world to hear right now.

In great times of uncertainty, we can be certain that the love that God has for those He calls His own never runs out. His love will never, ever fail us. God will work this all out for His glory. These are things we can always be certain of, and it is wonderful to be able to read during this time.

As we finish today’s devotion, let us take on board the closing words of Psalm 33.

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”

May the Lord bless you through the reading of His word.

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