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A Season of Psalms: Psalm 33: 13-15, 20-22


Psalm 33:13-15, 20-22


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…Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.


English Standard Version (ESV)


When our daughter was born in 2010, we were in a very tall hospital with many, many floors. With nothing to do but hold my newborn daughter, I would often gaze out the windows as far as the eye could see. I could see downtown Houston far in the distance, and below, vehicular traffic and pedestrians were exceptionally small. It was such an amazing spectacle (at this point, I was so giddy and terrified at fatherhood that everything was amazing) that I felt on top of the world and channeled my inner Muhammad Ali: “I’m the king of the world!”


Fortunately, I wasn’t the king of the world. Psalm 33 tells of our Great King who looks down from His throne in heaven and sees His people at work. Not only does He know what do, but He reads our thoughts and the intentions of our hearts. As Psalm 139 relates, He knows everything about us, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. How should we live when we’re known intimately? Since He knows us, we should live hopefully, knowing that He knows our every need. When we live with hope, we trust Him with every fabric of our being. And since we trust Him, we can live with confidence and gladness that He watches over us and cares for us as His precious child.


I love the chorus of the song He Knows My Name. It says: He knows my name, He knows my every thought. He sees each tear that falls, and He hears me when I call. His steadfast love is ever upon us. Oh, how he loves you and me!


Further Reading: Psalm 139; John 10:11-16


Pray with me: Thank you, Father, for loving us and knowing us as You do. Our hearts are glad, and we bow in humility before our Sovereign King. Hear our praises today and delight in them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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