Psalm 33 is an anonymous hymn of praise which the Jews used as a call to worship. It is a beautifully written poem with 22 verses. In light of God power, goodness, mercy and grace, we should praise Him with a new song. Charles Spurgeon said, “Let us not present the LORD old worn-out praise.” We often sing without thinking about the words we are singing. We sing the same old song over and over until we know it by heart and can do it by rote without any real thought of why we are singing or to whom we are singing. Since God’s mercies are new every day, we should sing Him a new song every day. We can make an old song new by putting fresh praise into the old words. But today, I want to depart from the theme of the Psalm as a whole and pick up on verses 10-11. We worship the LORD because He is sovereign. He is in absolute control. As believers, we should never exclude God from our plans.
Solomon had a lot to say about planning and there is nothing evil about planning in and of itself. He who plans nothing, generally does just that: nothing. Solomon said in Proverbs 16…Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established. The Hebrew word translated ‘works’ means deeds, things done, activity, labor, business, pursuit, undertakings, or enterprise. The word ‘commit’ used here is not the banking term that we spoke of a few days ago, this Hebrew verb means to ‘roll’ and is often used of rolling a stone or any object that is round. It is used in Psalm 22, speaking of Jesus enemies taunting Him while He is on the cross…“Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver Him; Let Him rescue Him, because He delights in Him.” I think it means to roll the full weight of your trust, your faith onto the LORD. I think our best advice on planning comes from James chapter 4… Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to [LORD willing] , we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
It is not a sin to plan but it is a sin to plan without considering God’s will. Remember, He is sovereign and He can thwart the plans of nations. He destroyed in minutes an army that it took Pharaoh decades to built. Napoleon was confident of victory at Waterloo. He never dreamed of losing this battle. Everything was in his favor except for the number of troops. Napoleon never gave Wellington nor the Prussian general the less bit of credit for their victory. He believed his defeat was fate or the work of a higher power. The same can be said of the British in regards to our war for independence. They had every advantage and never dreamed of losing. Solomon says it best in Proverbs 16:18, Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. Don’t be like the farmer in Luke 12 and leave God out of your plans. That would make you a fool. Make your plans align with God’s purpose and always prefix them with these two words “God willing.”
I was real disappointed in our Congress and the failure to ban abortions after 20 weeks. It is a sad day for America. I am not shocked at Democrats, they are avidly pro-death but I am real disappointed in some Republicans. Of course, we needed 60 votes which means, we have to get at least 10 more democrats out of the Senate to pass this bill. The future of this nation depends on it.
This from FOX NEWS
President Trump slammed the Senate late Monday after legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy failed to survive a procedural vote.
Republicans needed 60 votes to advance the measure, dubbed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. However, the vote finished 51-46, nine short of the necessary threshold.
“It is disappointing that despite support from a bipartisan majority of U.S. Senators, this bill was blocked from further consideration,” Trump said in a statement. “Scientific studies have demonstrated that babies in the womb feel pain at twenty weeks … We must defend those who cannot defend themselves.”
Trump added that the vote “rejects scientific fact and puts the United States out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”
In his own statement, Vice President Mike Pence said he was “disappointed” by the Senate vote, but added: “The pro-life message is winning and President Trump and I will never cease in our commitment to defending and protecting the most vulnerable among us.”Three Democratic-senators up for re-election in conservative states voted to advance the legislation. They are Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted with other Democrats to reject it.
Three Senators—Democrats Bill Nelson of Florida and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Republican John McCain of Arizona—didn’t vote.