December 6, 2016

Psalm 33:1–3

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the

harp of ten strings!Sing to him a new song; play skillfully

on the strings, with loud shouts.

Often, we think of joy as an emotional state rather than a positive human condition that can be either a feeling or an action. The Bible uses joy in both senses. As a feeling a person automatically experiences it because of certain favorable circumstances that cannot be commanded. However, there is a joy that Scripture commands; the joy of action that can be engaged in regardless of how we feel. The Psalms help us realize that we can find joy in every circumstance. We can find joy in every area of life, because joy is a gift from God that comes when we acknowledge God’s work in our past, His plan for our present, and His power over our future.

Psalm 33 is a song of joy and a call to worship, to assemble in celebration. The assembly is encouraged to...

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