DOCTRINE. Praising the Lord with song is the duty, decorum, and battle cry of the saints.
I. PRAISING THE LORD WITH SONG IS THE DUTY OF THE SAINTS (Ps. 33:1-3).
I) The Lord commands His saints to rejoice in Him (Ps. 33:1a).
II) The Lord commands His saints to give thanks to Him (Ps. 33:2a).
III) The Lord commands His saints to make melody to Him (Ps. 33:2a).
IV) The Lord commands His saints to sing to Him (Ps. 33:2a).
Now the Lord God not only commands our praise, beloved, He also commands the manner in which we praise Him. In Psalm 33:3, He says His righteous ones must praise Him “skillfully” and “with loud shouts.” Does our triune God who redeems us not deserve better than sloppy singing and low volume?
II. PRAISING THE LORD WITH SONG IS THE DECORUM OF THE SAINTS (Ps. 33:1b, 4-19).
Stir yourself up to sing praises to God by thinking upon:
I) The perfection of His Scriptures (Ps. 33:4a). “For the word of the LORD is upright,”
II) The perfection of His actions (Ps. 33:4b). “and all his work is done in faithfulness."
III) His love for righteousness and justice (Ps. 33:5). “He loves righteousness and justice;”
IV) His lovingkindness, which fills the whole earth (Ps. 33:5). “the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”
V) His immeasurable creating power (Ps. 33:6). “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”
VI) His sustaining power (Ps. 33:7). “He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses."
VII) His awesomeness (Ps. 33:8). “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!”
VIII) His creating all things out of nothing with a word (Ps. 33:9). “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”
IX) The futility of man’s plans and the sufficiency of God’s (Ps. 33:10). “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.”
X) His immutable decrees (Ps. 33:11). “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations."
XI) His electing love for you (Ps. 33:12). “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!”
XII) His omniscience (Ps. 33:13-15). Omniscience means God knows everything and has never learned anything. "The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.”
XIII) The futility of man’s strength and the sufficiency of God’s (Ps. 33:16-17). “The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue.”
XIV) His providential love for you (Ps. 33:18). “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,”
XV) His redeeming love for you (Ps. 33:19a). “that he may deliver their soul from death”
XVI) His preserving love for you (Ps. 33:19b). “and keep them alive in famine.”
III. HOW THE SAINTS SHOULD RESPOND (Ps. 33:20-22).
CONCLUSION. PRAISING THE LORD WITH SONG IS THE BATTLE CRY OF THE SAINTS (Ps. 33:3b).