January 24 2023
Today, Tuesday January 24
“By the Breath of His Mouth”
“Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. 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.
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”
The more I look at and study this chapter, the more it is becoming one of my favorites in the book of Psalms. Actually over the years, whatever verse I’m memorizing, whatever chapter I’m reading and studying, whatever book I’m in becomes my favorite. And for some of you that know me, whoever I’m talking to is my “favorite” person in all the world. So, I have a ton of “favorite”! But you have to admit the longer that we look at Psalm 33 the better we like and love it.
Psalm 33 is a call to praise and worship! We are told who should worship, how to worship, and of course we are told Who we should worship and why we should worship Him! We worship the LORD because His Word gives us a knowledge of His character. The LORD is a righteous and holy God, a God of justice, and He is so good that all the earth is full of His goodness! Creation tells us there is a creator God. There is a Designer behind the design!
It would be foolish to believe that you could throw a bunch of metal and wires into a hanger, blow them up, and low and behold, an airplane comes out of it that can fly! My friend, it would be just as foolish to believe that the world got here by a big bang billions of years ago. Only God can speak something out of nothing! And we know Who that God is, and how He created it “by the breath of His mouth”! This chapter affirms this great truth!
We are called to worship the Creator and praise Him for His wonderful works (vv. 6-9). Out of nothing, He created everything by the power of His Word (vv. 6, 9; Psalm 119:89-91; 147:15, 18; 148:5; Gen. 1:1-2:1; Heb. 11:3). The Word that created the universe is also holding it together (Heb. 1:3; 2 Peter 3:5-7). "The breath of his mouth" may refer to the Holy Spirit of God (Gen. 1:1-2), for "breath" and "spirit" are the same word in Hebrew. "Host" includes the stars and planets (Gen. 2:11), and verse 7 takes us back to Genesis 1:9-10. When you see the heavens above and the earth and seas below, you must marvel at the handiwork of God and stand in awe at the power of His Word.
The New Testament affirms this in Colossians 1:15-17, where we read that Jesus, “Is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
Also in Hebrews 1:2-3 we read that God, “Has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Goodness! Doesn’t this sound like Psalm 33?
As we worship the Lord, we must praise the Creator and the provisions He has made for us to live on this planet. We must also resolve to be good stewards and not abuse and waste His wonderful gifts.